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"If you have an STD it puts you at a higher risk of having HIV because it's the same risk factors because HIV is an STD," says Troy Williams, with Planned Parenthood "If you have an STD it puts you at a higher risk of having HIV because it's the same risk factors because HIV is an STD," says Troy Williams, with Planned Parenthood

Thousands of people in the panhandle are living with HIV and don't know it - most likely because they are too afraid to get tested. Tonight, 120 more people know their HIV status - do you know yours?

NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg explains where you can get tested for free, and why you should do it.

Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to your health. Thursday and Friday will be the perfect opportunities for people to find out if they have HIV.

"It's important for me to know my status in order to take care of myself," says Andrea, who got tested Wednesday.

Ignorance is not bliss, just ask Andrea... Who says although it's unnerving... She gets tested often.

"It's scary to get tested because you don't know what your results will be so it's very important to get it done and have your piece of mind," she says.

It's piece of mind at no expense, and the test only takes 20 minutes. You take this oral swab and run it in between your lip and teeth to get a sample.

"It's the fastest reading test on the market currently, so people aren't going to have to wait two week or be worried for two weeks you know your results today," says Troy Williams, with Planned Parenthood.

"It was pretty quick and very easy. Just get the test done, it's not as bad as everyone thinks it is," says Andrea.

If you are sexually active or have doubts about your partners monogamy, it's recommended you come in.

"If you have an STD it puts you at a higher risk of having HIV because it's the same risk factors because HIV is an STD," says Williams. 

I spoke with Williams this evening and he says today's turnout was so good - they ran out of the twenty minute tests. But they expect to have a new shipment in for Thursday's scheduled testing in Perryton and Amarillo.

Free tests will be administered at the Perryton Health Center from 10am until 2pm. And on Friday in Borger at the Golden Plains Women's and Children's Clinic from 3pm to 8pm. Both days the tests will be available at Planned Parenthood off 15th and Taylor in Amarillo, from 9am to 7pm on Thursday and 9am to 5pm on Friday. 

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