June 21, 2009 8:54 AM
SANTA BARBARA Local clinics, non-profits and the Public Health Department will recognize National HIV Testing Day June 26-28.
At least nine locations will have free or low-cost HIV testing during the course of these three days.
Testing will provide results in 20 minutes and involves a swab of the mouth. Blood and urine testing will also be available.
Those at risk for contracting HIV are those who have unprotected sex or share needles, as well as their sex partners.
Since the 1980s, close to 1,000 residents of Santa Barbara have been diagnosed with HIV, the AIDS-causing virus; 501 have subsequently died.
Locations and times for testing can be found at www.sbcphd.org.