Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS Team With Health Departments and Local AIDS Service Organizations to Provide Free HIV Testing in Support of National HIV Testing Day
HIV Testing Events Being Held at 175 Walgreens Locations in 54 Cities June 27-29
Thursday, June 13, 2013 - Walgreens, the nation's largest drugstore chain (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG), and
Greater Than AIDS, a coalition of public and private sector partners united in response to the domestic AIDS epidemic, are teaming with
health departments and local AIDS organizations across the country to provide FREE HIV testing in support of National HIV Testing
Day, June 27. Testing locations include nearly 175 Walgreens stores in 54 cities across 22 states. Hundreds of additional
Walgreens stores in the participating communities will help publicize the free testing through in-store marketing and
other programs. Walgreens will also help promote National HIV Testing Day with special messages on June 27 on its
Times Square digital display in New York City, the largest billboard of its kind in the country.
More than 130 state and local health departments and AIDS service organizations are coordinating the testing and providing results on-site
at participating Walgreens locations, as well as supporting outreach.
Free HIV tests will be available June 27-28 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and June 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at select Walgreens locations in
major metropolitan areas including Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York
City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. For more information, including a complete list of participating Walgreens locations,
visit www.greaterthan.org/walgreens .
This marks the third consecutive year Walgreens has teamed with Greater Than AIDS and local organizations to help bring free HIV testing
to communities. This year, more than three times the number of stores and testing partners are participating compared to 2012.
"Access to testing, education and care are critical when it comes to the treatment and prevention of this complex condition," said
Glen Pietrandoni, senior manager of virology at Walgreens. "We have supported people living with HIV/AIDS since the beginning of
the epidemic more than 30 years ago and will continue to be a trusted resource. Through this significant collaboration, we can
help even more people get, stay and live well."
Of the more than 1.1 million people living with HIV in the U.S., an estimated one in five, or nearly 250,000 people, are unaware of
their condition.1 One-third of those who are positive are diagnosed so late in the course of their infection they develop AIDS within
one year.2 Early diagnosis and treatment saves lives and is known to reduce the spread of HIV. The CDC encourages everyone to know
"Frequent testing is the first step towards early treatment and preventing the spread of 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. "Greater
than AIDS is pleased to once again mark National HIV Testing Day by collaborating with Walgreens and local and state governments to
broaden access to HIV tests for people in many of the nation's hardest-hit communities."
Throughout the year, Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS distribute HIV informational resources at 700 Walgreens drugstores in heavily
affected communities. Designated by Walgreens as "Centers of Excellence," these stores have pharmacists on hand to offer one-on-one
medication counseling and other support services that provide customers living with HIV/AIDS - and their families - with
compassionate, confidential care.
As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2011 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens ( www.walgreens.com ) vision
is to become America's first choice for health and daily living. 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 help 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 8,096 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. 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 700 locations throughout the country.
About Greater Than AIDS
Greater Than AIDS is a collaboration among a broad coalition of public and private sector partners united in response to the
HIV/AIDS crisis in the United States, in particular among Black Americans and other disproportionately affected groups.
Through a national media campaign and targeted community outreach, Greater Than AIDS aims to increase knowledge and
understanding about HIV/AIDS and confront the stigma surrounding the disease.
The Kaiser Family Foundation -- a leader in health policy and communications -- provides strategic direction and
day-to-day management, as well as oversees the production of the media campaign. The Black AIDS Institute -- a think tank
exclusively focused on AIDS in Black America -- provides leadership and expert guidance and directs community
engagement. Greater Than AIDS is developed in support of Act Against AIDS, an effort by the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to refocus attention on the domestic epidemic. Additional, financial
and substantive support is provided by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Ford Foundation and MAC AIDS
Fund, among others. http://www.kff.org
"Reproduced with permission - Kaiser Family Foundation"
Kaiser Family Foundation
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