Duane Reade teams up with GMHC to provide HIV testing

NEW YORK Duane Reade announced on Monday a partnership with the Gay Men’s Health Crisis to offer free HIV/AIDS testing at select locations.

GMHC’s mobile testing units have been stationed outside select Duane Reade locations since May, offering free, confidential on-the-spot tests and counseling.

“As New York’s leading drug store, we strive to provide affordable and convenient services that aid in improving the health and overall wellbeing of New Yorkers,” said John Lederer, chairman and chief executive officer of Duane Reade. “We are excited about this partnership with GMHC and we look forward to increasing awareness and offering opportunities for HIV testing in communities throughout New York City.”

While appointments are not necessary, CMHC recommends calling their hotline at 800-243-7692 to get a schedule of times and locations.

“We know that fear and the stigma of HIV and AIDS continues to keep people from getting tested and accessing care,” said Marjorie Hill, chief executive officer of Gay Men’s Health Crisis. “Having a trusted family friend like Duane Reade as a partner helps us to break through the barriers associated with HIV testing.”

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