Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Testing Event Aims to End Stigma of HIV

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Testing Event Aims to End Stigma of HIV

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Visitors to the Missouri History Museum on Monday could have received more than a tour through the state's past.

To mark World AIDS Day, the museum hosted free HIV testing, education presentations and health insurance sign-ups to raise awareness about the disease. Informational booths lined the building's main gallery, and quilts hung from the ceiling as people filed in and registered for the free testing.

Organizers said they were hoping to test 1,400 individuals for the virus that causes AIDS. Two hours into the day, 75 people had braved icy roads to be tested.

Dale Wrigley, director of engagement and advocacy for the St. Louis Effort for AIDS, said community events can help end stigmas around HIV and lead to better health care. "We want to make testing a standard of care," he said.

"We are trying to end the stigma by getting people to come out and knowing that it is just another test they can go through."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1. …

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