Free, anonymous HIV tests are scheduled.

LEWISTON – May 10 marks National Women’s Health Check-Up Day when community health centers, hospitals and other health providers across the country are offering free screening and other health services for women.

PreventionWorks Harm Reduction Services and Tri-County Health Services/STD Clinic, the health program of Western Maine Community Action, will join this nationwide effort to put the spotlight on women’s HIV counseling and testing.

Both Tri-County Health Services/STD Clinic and PreventionWorks Harm Reduction Services will offer no-cost confidential or anonymous HIV-antibody testing for women at the following locations:

• PreventionWorks Harm Reduction Services, 145 Lisbon St., Suite 304 in downtown Lewiston (corner of Ash and Lisbon streets), 786-4697, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Tri-County Health Services/STD Clinic, 79 Main St. (One Auburn Center), Auburn, 795-4019, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The OraSure oral HIV antibody test will be used, a non-invasive oral swab that uses skin cells from cheek gums to detect HIV-1 antibodies. It does not require blood to be drawn. The test, including counseling, takes about a half-hour. Results are usually available within 7-10 days. Or, if women would like to make an appointment on May 10 or any day to be tested, phone 795-4019 or 786-4697.

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