by Peter Rugg
Tomorrow is World Aids Day, which means it's a good day to go get yourself tested.
There's plenty of free screenings, so there's no reason not to get tested if you don't know your HIV-status.
On the Kansas side, the Unified Government Public Health Department has scheduled free HIV testing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointment is needed, just go to 6th and Ann Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas.
In KCMO, free, confidential, walk-in screenings are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in a private section of the Health Department's atrium at 2400 Troost Avenue.
If you think you don't need a test, you should consider some facts about the metro's STD rate.
Jackson, Wyandotte and Leavenworth counties have higher rates of AIDS infections than 81.6 percent of the country. Jackson County's rate is particularly alarming, being higher than 92.5 percent of counties in America.
Also this year, Men's Health gave KC a D- for STDs.
And this May 2008 feature, "Change is Gonna Come," notes that Jackson county's infection rate rivals that of sub-Saharan Africa.
So go get tested.