Kent Co. Health Dept. offers free walk-in HIV testing


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) – One in eight people have HIV and don’t know it.There have been incredible advancements in the treatment of HIV, but you cannot receive treatment if you don’t know your diagnosis. In recognition of World AIDS Day, the Kent County Health Department is offering free testing.

Tuesday, December 1, 2016, the agency will be offering free, confidential, walk in testing during the week of November 28th – December 2nd. The testing will take place at the Kent County Health Department’s Main Clinic, located at 700 Fuller NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan during normal business hours from 8AM until 5PM. The simple finger poke test can yield preliminary results in about 20 minutes. During that time our Personal Health Services certified counselors provide advice on protecting yourself and others from HIV.

A diagnosis of HIV today means something very different than it did in the past. With proper medical care, people who are diagnosed with the virus can now live long and healthy lives. There is no cure for HIV and there is no treatment for people who do not know their HIV status.

People who are unable to make it during the week of World Aids Day can call 616.632.7171 to schedule an appointment for a free test.