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Free and anonymous HIV testing and counseling will be provided from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 14 in Children's Hospital.

The testing, which will be within the Parents and Children Together Program, will be done on the first floor, inside the 239 Bryant St. entrance.

The new oral test method that will be used does not require a needle.

"Our previous success in offering free and anonymous HIV testing indicates there is a strong need for such services," said Babette Sullivan, a clinical nurse specialist at Children's. "We have initiated this effort not only to increase access to testing and education for HIV and AIDS, but also to generate awareness of the need for those at risk to continue to follow up with testing in an effort to limit the spread of the disease."

Names or identities will not be requested of people being tested. The entire process will remain anonymous, and individuals will be assigned numeric codes. Test results will be made available anonymously at the same location.

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