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June 19, 2012

Free rapid HIV testing offered at Health Quarters

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LAWRENCE — From June 25 through June 28 Health Quarters is offering free rapid HIV tests at its medical offices in Haverhill and Lawrence as part of its observance of National HIV Testing Day on June 27. Health Quarters is a nonprofit provider of affordable and confidential sexual and reproductive health care for women, men, and teens.

New and existing clients can make an appointment for a free rapid HIV test, which produces results within 10 minutes without having to draw blood. With this test, return visits for results are eliminated; post-test prevention counseling is available during the same visit, and persons testing positive can start medical care more quickly.

Lawrence is disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS: The city ranks fifth in the state for newly diagnosed HIV cases from 2006-2008 and seventh for persons living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2009. Nationally, in 2009 the rate of new HIV infections among Hispanic/Latino men was 2.5 times that of white men and the rate among Hispanic/Latino women was 4.5 times that of white women.

Health Quarters locations are at 101 Amesbury St., Lawrence and 215 Summer St., Haverhill through June 28. Call 800.892.0234 for an appointment or visit www.healthq.org.

Cars, food and fun in Windham Saturday

WINDHAM — The Wheels of Windham DI Car Show and Family Fun Day is Saturday, with a rain date of Sunday at Windham High School, 64 London Bridge Road, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be trophies, children's activities, food, door prizes and entertainment.

All proceeds go to the children in Windham participating in Destination Imagination. Proceeds help offset the expenses of travel and lodging to the teams that advanced to Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn.

Library has Museum of Science program

HAVERHILL — The public library will kick off its Summer Reading Program for children tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. with a presentation by the Museum of Science titled "Super Cold Science."

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