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Crystal Baptist, a medical assistant with the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, holds an HIV test at the VNA’s Craig office in late November 2011, shortly before the VNA offered free HIV testing in recognition of World AIDS Day. The VNA’s offices in Craig, 745 Russell St., and Steamboat Springs, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, will offer another round of free HIV tests from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 27 in honor of National HIV Testing Day.

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The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will offer free drop-in HIV tests June 27 in conjunction with National HIV Testing Day. The tests, which take about 15 minutes, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the VNA’s Craig office, 745 Russell St., and the agency’s Steamboat Springs office, 940 Central Park Dr., Suite 101. A small blood sample will be drawn and mixed with a testing solution to determine the results. Participants will learn their results immediately, said Gisela Garrison, director of the VNA’s Community Health Center. “Even if the test is positive, it does not mean the person has AIDS,” she said. “It only means that the person has been exposed to the virus.”

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