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Metro Inclusive Health offers free HIV & HEP C Testing

Florida is home to the metro area with the highest rate of new diagnosis in the nation—Miami—where 1 in 1,000 people have HIV, says the CDC.

The Tampa Bay region ranks in the top 25, but Hillsborough and Pinellas counties rank among 48 counties nationwide where half of all new HIV diagnoses are occurring, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

HIV/AIDS research organization, AIDSVu, created this interactive map to show you where people are living with HIV right down to the zip code.

METRO Inclusive Health, a Tampa Bay-based nonprofit providing vital health and wellness services for the LGBTQ+ community,  now offers new service, both for testing and for treatment, that could curb the rise of infections.

A rapid HIV test, new to Florida, is helping local advocates reach more people in a state where the virus has hit epidemic levels.

Testing locations and hours below.

Pinellas

Metro Inclusive Health (map)

3251 3rd Avenue North,
Saint Petersburg, FL 33713
(727) 321-3854
Monday – Tuesday: 8:30am – 7:00pm
Wednesday – Friday: 8:30am – 5:00pm

Metro LGBTQ Welcome Center (map)

2227 Central Avenue
Saint Petersburg, FL 33713
(727) 321-7212
1st Saturday of every month 10am–2pm

Metro Inclusive Health (map)

32349 Sunset Point Road, Suite 405
Clearwater, FL 33765
(727) 216-6193
Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 4:00pm

King of Peace MCC (map)

3150 5th Avenue North
Saint Petersburg, FL 33713
(727) 323-5857
3rd Sunday Every Odd Month: 9:00am – 10:00am

 

Hillsborough

Metro Inclusive Health (map)

1315 East 7th Avenue, Suite 201
Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 232-3808
Monday – Tuesday: 9:00am – 7:00pm
Wednesday – Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

MCC Tampa (map)

408 East Cayuga Street
Tampa, FL 33603
(813) 239-1951
3rd Sunday Every Odd Month: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Pasco

Metro Inclusive Health (map)

4747 US Highway 19
New Port Richey, FL 34652
(727) 494-7625
Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 4:30pm

The INSTI test commonly knows as the “1 minute HIV test” can very accurately identify a patient as HIV positive 21-22 days post-exposure.

METRO also offers free testing for Hepatitis C. Learn more about METRO’s STI testing program.

Mobile HIV Testing: In addition to METRO’s full-time testing locations listed below, be on the lookout for our mobile testing centers at community events across Tampa Bay! METRO’s Health Units offer FREE rapid HIV and Hep C testing, and prevention education resources.

 

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