Free blood pressure testing is available throughout the District during May.

The annual campaign aimed at early detection and treatment of high blood pressure is being sponsored by the Department of Human Resources in conjunction with public and private agencies.

"National statistics show that high blood pressure causes more than 20,000 deaths every year and contributes to hundreds of thousands more," said Dr. William J. Washington Jr., acting director of public health for the District. "One in seven adults in the U.S. has high blood pressure; and if a person is black, more than 50 years old or pregnant, the chances of having high blood pressure are even higher," he said. "When it goes untreated, high blood pressure is the leading cause of strokes, heart disease and kidney disease."

Last year, 24,000 people were tested here and 3,000 were found to have elevated blood pressures.

Free blood pressure tests will be given this month at the following times and places. For more information call 234-5678.

D.C. Department of Human Resources Community Health Centers, Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.: Southwest, 850 Delaware Ave. SW; Potomac Gardens, 1227 G St. SE; parkside, 701 Kenilworth Terr. NE; Anacostia, 1328 W St. SE; Ridge Road, 332 Ridge Rd. SE.

Tests will also be given at: the Northwest Health Center, 1325 Upshur St. NW, weekdays from 8:15 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Garfield Terrace Clinic, 2301 11th St. NW, weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.; Claridge Towers, 1221 M St. NW, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.; Center No. 2, 1810 14th St. NW, weekdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Tests will be given weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following clinics: Walker Jones, 1st and L Streets NW; Clinic No. 17, 702 15th St. NE; and Clinic No. 18, 4130 Hunt Pl. NE.

D.C. General Hospital, at 19th Street and Massachusetts Avenue SE, will also administer the tests at the following times and places: Lobby of the Core Building, near the receptionist's desk, weekdays from 10 to 11 a.m. (except today and Friday, when tests will be given in the lobby this Saturday from 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Medical Clinic, Core Building, Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to noon; Hypertension Clinic, Building 9, Room 259, weekdays from 1 to 3 p.m.

Other places offering the free tests are St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathdral, 36th Street and massachusetts Avenue NW, Sunday, May 15, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; East of the River Health Association, 5929 East Capitol St. SE, Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon; Hypertension Center of Washington, 1341 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Washington, 1341 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Washington Free Clinic, in the basement of Georgetown Lutheran Church, 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Monday through Thursday, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Tests will also be given in front of the Safeway Store at 1743 Columbia Rd. NW, Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; at the Science Mobile Unit, Federal City College 425 2nd St. NW, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The American Red Cross will offer the tests at its D.C. Chapter headquarters, 2025 E St. NW, May 19, 2 to 6 p.m.; Northwest Service Center, 2433 18th St. NW, 2 to 6 p.m. through May 17 and 10 a.m. to noon through May 25; Van Ness Shopping Center, Connecticut Avenue and Veazey Streets NW, today, 10 a.m. to noon; Columbia Road and 18th Street NW, May 14, 10 a.m. to noon; 7th and U Streets NW, May 14, 1 to 3 p.m.; Amidon Elementary School, 4th and I Streets SW, May 28, 10 a.m. to noon; Martin Luther King/Greenleaf Center, 201 N St. SW, May 28, 1 to 3 p.m.

Tests will also be given at the Community Group Health Foundation, 3020 14th St. NW, weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Retired Persons Pharmacy, 1224 24th St. NW, weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Veterans Administration, 50 Irving St. NW, May 13, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Howard University Hospital Lobby, 2041 Georgia Ave. NW, May 16-20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Howard University Center for Hypertension Control, today May 16-19 and May 23-26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Visiting Nurses Association will administer tests at Attick Towers, 9014 Rhode Island Ave., College Park, May 16 and 23, 9 a.m. to noon: Sibley Plaza, 1140 N. Capitol St., May 13 and 27, 1 to 3 p.m.; Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Pl. NW, May 20, 1 to 3 p.m.; Green Valley, 2412 Franklin St. NE, Wednesdays, 1 to 2 p.m.

Tests will be given Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following fire stations: 2225 M St. NW; 719 12th St. NW; 439 New Jersey Ave. NW; 2531 Sherman Ave. NW; 3412 Dent Pl. NW; 1300 N. Jersey Ave. NW; 1101 Half St. SW; 1520 C St. SE; 1617 U St. NW; 1342 Florida Ave. NW; 1338 Park Rd. NW; 1626 N Capitol St.; 450 6th St. NW; 4801 N. Capitol St.; 2101 14th St. SE; 1018 13th St. NW; 1227 Monroe St. NE; 414 8th St. SE; 2813 Pennsylvania Ave. SE; 4300 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 1763 Lanier Pl. NW; 5760 Georgia Ave. NW; 3203 Martin Luther King Ave. SE; 1340 Rhode Island Ave. NE; 50 49th St. NE; 4930 Connecticut Ave. NW; 2425 Irving St. SE, 550 Maine Ave. SW; 2119 G St. NW; 3702 Georgia Ave. NW.