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Free HIV Testing & LA Times using picture of Carmen Luvana?

Photo: A young woman takes an HIV test. Credit: REUTERS/Fred Prouser

This photo looks an awful lot like  former Adam & Eve Contract star Carmen Luvana. And she looks like she didn’t want her picture taken. Funny that the LA Times is using a picture of this “young woman” as their example in the story below. But anyway, if you want a FREE HIV test you have until Saturday to get one. You can get the locations by calling (800) 367-2437 (AIDS).

Free HIV testing this week in L.A. County

HIV Parks, banks and music stores will host free mobile HIV testing this week as part of HIV Testing Week in Los Angeles County.

Testing will be available today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Home Depot in North Hollywood, 8236 Balboa Blvd., and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Echo Park, off Echo Park and Laguna avenues. Clinics will offer ree testing in other locations, including Huntington Park, Pasadena, Inglewood and Long Beach.

Sophia Rumanes, chief of prevention services for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, said the program promotes and encourages early detection and the awareness of risk behaviors.

“We want to educate people,” she said. “We want to let people know that HIV is still around, it’s still an epidemic.”

Last year, 1,800 people were tested throughout the week. This year, the county is aiming to test 2,000 people, Rumanes said.

HIV Testing Week runs from today through Saturday and is part of a public health campaign sponsored by the department to combat the disease. Each year, 3,100 people in L.A. County are infected with HIV, department officials said.

Of the 60,000 people living with AIDS in L.A. County, more than 60% are unaware of it, Rumanes said.

“We want people linked with treatment earlier than later,” she said.

— Nicole Santa Cruz

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