- Category: HIV Testing & Diagnosis
- Published on Thursday, 23 June 2016 00:00
- Written by HIVandHepatitis.com
June 27 is National HIV Testing Day (#NHTD), an opportunity to promote HIV screening and awareness of its importance as a gateway to the continuum of care. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 out of 8 of the estimated 1.2 million people living with HIV do not know they are infected, putting their long-term health at risk.
- Twitter: #NHTD
- AIDS.gov: National HIV Testing Day website
- AIDSinfo National HIV Testing Day
- CDC: June 27 is National HIV Testing Day
- CDC: Doing It!
- CDC: HIV Testing
- U.S. Preventive Services Task Force HIV screening recommendations
U.S. public health agencies recommend that all adults should be tested for HIV as part of their routine health care. In 2006 the CDC recommended that adults age 13-64 should undergo HIV screening at least once, while those at ongoing risk should be tested more frequently.
Getting diagnosed, entering care, promptly starting antiretroviral therapy, and achieving viral suppression has been shown to reducing disease progression, prolong survival, and reduce the risk of HIV transmission to others.
This year the CDC is promoting its Doing It campaign, which emphasizes the importance of all Americans getting regular HIV testing as part of their routine care.
- To find an HIVtesting site near you:
- Visit the ActAgainstAIDS website
- Text zip code to KNOWIT (566948)
- Call 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636).