|[June 17, 2014]
Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS Team with Health Departments and Local AIDS Service Organizations to Offer HIV Testing in Support of National HIV Testing Day
DEERFIELD, Ill. --(Business Wire)--
In support of National HIV Testing Day, June 27, Walgreens (NYSE: WAG)
(Nasdaq: WAG), the nation's largest drugstore chain, and Greater Than
AIDS, a coalition of about 200 public and private sector partners united
in response to the domestic AIDS epidemic, are teaming with health
departments and local AIDS service organizations across the country to
encourage community members to take advantage of free�HIV testing.
Free HIV tests will be available June 26-28 at select Walgreens in more
than 140 cities including Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami,
New Orleans, New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Nearly
200 state and local health departments and AIDS service organizations
(ASOs) will lead testing events and will provide results on-site within
Of the more than 1.1 million people living with HIV in the U.S., an
estimated one in six do not know that they are infected and only one and
four has their virus under control with treatment.1 Early
diagnosis and treatment saves lives and is known to reduce the spread of
HIV. Those with HIV who are on treatment and in care can reduce the risk
of spreading the virus to others by as much as 96 percent. The Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages everyone to know
"Since the beginning of the epidemic, Walgreens has served as a trusted
resource to help people know their status and manage their condition,"
said Glen Pietrandoni, senior director, virology, specialty products and
services, Walgreens. "We are proud to collaborate with Greater Than AIDS
and community partners to increase access to testing and education which
we know is critical to being a part of the solution to end AIDS."
"Greater Than AIDS is about communities working together to achieve a
greater goal. These testing events are powerful examples of what can be
achieved when the public and private sector come together in response to
HIV/AIDS," said Tina Hoff, Senior Vice President and Director of Health
Communication and Media Partnerships, Kaiser Family Foundation, a
founding partner of Greater Than AIDS. "Not only will thousands have
access to free testing in a familiar and trusted location in their
neighborhoods, but the very act of offering the tests in Walgreens helps
to normalize HIV testing as a part of routine health care."
Throughout the year, Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS distribute HIV
informational resources through Walgreens 700 HIV-specialized
pharmacies. These specialized pharmacies have specially trained
community pharmacists offering one-on-one, confidential medication
counseling to encourage medication adherence, and can also assist with
other care needs such as identifying co-pay assistance options.
BioLytical Laboratories donated 10,000 INSTI HIV one-minute,
finger-prick test kits to support the effort at select testing sites.
Other locations will offer rapid results using available oral fluid or
blood-based HIV testing technologies. National organizations like the
Black AIDS Institute's Black Treatment Advocacy Networks and AIDS United
are mobilizing community networks to recruit individuals in most
affected communities to take advantage of the opportunity to learn their
For more information on participating locations and testing hours, visit www.greaterthan.org/walgreens.
As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2013 sales of $72
billion, Walgreens (www.walgreens.com)
vision is to be the first choice in health and daily living for everyone
in America, and beyond. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million
customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and
services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness
services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of
pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility
and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services
improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers,
managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers
and the public sector. The company operates 8,216 drugstores in all 50
states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin
Islands. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the
largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness
centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 750
locations throughout the country.
About Greater Than AIDS
Greater Than AIDS is a leading national public information response
focused on the U.S. domestic epidemic. Launched in 2009, it is supported
by a broad coalition of public and private sector partners, including:
major media and other business leaders; Federal, state and local health
agencies and departments; national leadership groups; AIDS service and
other community organizations; and foundations, among others. Through
targeted media messages and community outreach, Greater Than AIDS works
to increase knowledge, reduce stigma and promote actions to stem the
spread of the disease. While national in scope, Greater Than AIDS
focuses on communities most affected.
The Kaiser Family Foundation provides strategic direction and
day-to-day management, as well as oversees the production of the
campaigns. The Black AIDS Institute - a think tank exclusively focused
on AIDS in Black America - provides leadership and expert guidance and
supports community engagement. Additional financial and substantive
support is provided by the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Ford
Foundation, among others.
1 CDC. HIV Surveillance Supplemental Report, Vol. 18, No. 5;
October 2013. Data are estimates and do not include U.S. dependent area.
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