Health Department to offer free HIV testing Monday

Monday, June 27 is recognized as National HIV Testing Day, a day to emphasize and encourage HIV testing.

The Gulf County Health Department will be offering free HIV testing in observance.

Free testing will be provided in the mobile medical unit at the Gulf County Health Department  from 10a.m. to 2 p .m. EDT, according to a release from the DOH.

The Health Department is located at 2475 Garrison Avenue in Port St. Joe. 

The NHTD theme for 2022 is “HIV Testing is Self-care.” 

The World Health Organization defines self-care as “the ability of individuals, families, and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider.” 

“HIV testing is an act of self-care, and knowledge of status is the gateway to engaging in prevention or treatment services that enable individuals, regardless of their status, to live a long and healthy life,” read a press release from, run by the U.S. Department of Health.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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