National HIV Testing Day 2011
Today is National HIV Testing Day—a day to promote HIV-testing and early diagnosis of HIV across the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the United States. Approximately one in five of those are unaware of their infections. Early testing and diagnosis is critical so individuals with HIV can access effective life-extending treatment, prevent the spread of HIV to partners, and have a better quality of life.
HIV Testing is a key part of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), which was released by the White House, the Greater Than AIDSExit Disclaimer campaign, and Ebony magazineExit Disclaimer to provide free rapid oral HIV testing from June 22 to 24 at Walgreens stores in heavily affected areas. Specifically, the HIV testing and pre- and post-test counseling was conducted by CDC-supported state and local health departments and community-based organizations.
On this National HIV Testing Day, let us work together to increase the number of people who are aware of their HIV status. As individuals, let us commit to getting tested for HIV. Knowing one’s HIV status, whether negative or positive, is empowering. It allows us all to make choices to protect our health and the wellbeing of others, and is a gateway to highly-effective treatment and care. National HIV Testing Day is among the best times to get tested as free testing events are happening throughout the country – in community centers, mobile vans, places of worship and other venues. To further promote HIV testing, doctors can offer their patients HIV testing as a routine part of their health care as recommended by CDC. Additionally, communities and governments can support HIV testing and make it more available. No matter what your role is in fighting this epidemic, today is the day to make your resolution.
Find an HIV testing site at www.hivtest.org or at 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).