Mississippi to begin charging $25 for HIV testing despite high HIV rates

  • 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)