TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A Topeka health organization encourages people to make HIV testing a part of their regular health care screenings.
Positive Connections joined other non-profit organizations on Friday's National HIV Testing Day for a health fair at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. A main goal was to raise awareness about early HIV detection.
Beth McKay, a prevention specialist with Positive Connections, says the HIV population has been relatively steady in Shawnee County, but she has seen an upswing in young people aged 15 to 25. McKay says much of the increase in cases among young people is due to misinformation and a lack of open dialogue.
"Eventually, we should just be talking about it like it's any other disease," McKay said. "It doesn't need to be something we're shy about or quiet about. We can talk to our friends about it. We can talk to our kids about it. It's an illness, just like any other illness."
People who need to get tested may visit the Positive Connections office, 1001 SW Garfield Av., between 8 am and 5 pm weekdays.
Posted by Melissa Brunner