Despite being one of the epicenters of the United States’ HIV epidemic, Mississippi is about to make it harder for people to get tested for HIV.
Motivated by budget cuts, Mississippi’s state health department will charge a $25 fee for STI and HIV tests at its clinics as of July 1, according to the Clarion-Ledger. Previously, tests were free.
In a statement to Mic, the Mississippi Health Department clarified that two groups of people — people under 18 and people “identified as contacts of an STD or HIV case by disease investigators” — will be exempted from having to pay. Read more (6/7/17)