Today, June 27, is National HIV Testing Day. The CDC estimates that approximately 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV; of these, an estimated 21% do not know their status.
As President Obama said in his 2010 press statement about National HIV Testing Day, “I would like to renew my call for all Americans to help reduce the risk of infection by getting tested for HIV and learning their HIV status…The majority of HIV infections are spread by those who are unaware that they have the disease. And research shows that people who know their status take better care of themselves and take steps to reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to others. That is why it is so important that people get tested”.
On this important day—and year-round, as President Obama and U.S. Health and Human Services’ Secretary Sebelius noted—it is critical that we link people to local HIV test sites. This is why we are particularly excited about the recent launch of the new locator we mentioned in last week’s post which is a single, simple tool for anyone in the U.S. to find HIV testing, prevention, housing, mental health, substance abuse, and treatment services. In addition, people can locate local HIV testing sites by sending a text message with their ZIP code to “KNOWIT” (566948), visiting www.HIVtest.org , or calling 800-CDC-INFO.
Take the Test, Take Control.