National HIV Testing Day
June 27 is National HIV Testing Day – a day to promote HIV-testing and early diagnosis of HIV across the United States.
Wednesday, June 27th is National HIV Testing Day. On this day, we as a proud partner of CDC’s Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI), are encouraging people of all ages to "Take the Test, Take Control," which sends a powerful message about learning one’s HIV status.
Today, an estimated 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the U.S, and nearly 1 in 5 don’t know they have it. Individuals who don't know they have HIV can also pass the virus on to others without knowing it.
Testing is the only way to identify the more than 200,000 Americans currently living with HIV who don’t know they are infected, and is the key to protecting their health and that of their loved ones
Finding out your HIV status has never been simpler:
Rapid HIV tests can be conducted almost anywhere and provide results in less than 20 minutes. They can draw oral fluid or blood from a finger prick.
Whether you test negative or positive – knowing your status is empowering:
This National HIV Testing Day, don’t let fear or misinformation stop you from learning your status. We’re asking everyone to:
If you are negative, knowing gives you peace of mind and incentive to stay HIV-free
If positive – while a difficult diagnosis – you can get access to effective treatment and care to help you live a long and fulfilling life
Get the facts about HIV: Know if you are at risk, how it is spread, and take action to protect yourself against it.
Get tested for HIV: Testing is the first step in protecting yourself and others from infection. CDC recommends that all adults and adolescents be tested for HIV at least once.
Ask your doctor for an HIV test. Or to find a place to get tested in your community, visit www.hivtest.cdc.gov, call 800-CDC-INFO or text your ZIP code to 566948
Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) and people with multiple sex partners or who inject drugs should get an HIV test at least once a year
Talk about HIV: Use CDC’s Act Against AIDS materials to promote HIV testing in target populations. These materials are available at www.actagainstaids.org. Also, talk about it. Tweet about it. Use #NHTD and #talkHIV to participate in related discussions on Twitter.