June 27th is national HIV testing day

57260724_20100323132414_640_480.jpgYesterday was National HIV Testing Day, many people were tested at 4 Walgreens Stores across the valley through the partnership between Arizona Department of Health Services, Aunt Rita's Foundation, Walgreens, and Greater Than AIDS.  Including when Mayor Greg Stanton, First Lady Nicole Stanton, & Kerwin Brown of the Black Chamber were tested together in front of members of the test.

"This was the easiest test I've ever taken," joked Mayor Stanton after taking his test.

You can learn more about where you can find Free / Low-Cost HIV Testing across the state of Arizona by visiting HIVAZ.org.

From ABC15 News:

Almost 1.2 million Americans living in the United States are HIV positive, but about 240,000 (or 1 in 5), don't know they are infected. That's because they have not been tested. 

Today is the 18th National HIV Testing Day, where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending everyone between the ages 13 and 64 get an AIDS test. 

The CDC says: "An HIV test is recommended once a year for people at increased risk -- such as gay and bisexual men, injection drug users, or people with multiple sex partners. Sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from more frequent testing (e.g., every 3 to 6 months)." 

Founded in 1995 by the National Association of People With AIDS, the annual testing day is an effort to spread the word about the importance of knowing your HIV status. Frank Oldham, NAPWA's president and CEO, says so many people were lost in the early years of the epidemic that knowing your HIV status is the first step toward controlling the disease. 

"We understood that getting tested for HIV makes a huge difference in fighting HIV, treating it early, preventing spread of the disease and reducing stigma," said Oldham. 

He says the fact that more than 20% of people who are HIV positive don't know it, "underscores the urgent need for increased testing and immediate connection to care for those who test HIV-positive. Now in our 19th year of NHTD, we recognize that barriers to HIV testing, treatment and prevention persist but we remain committed to overcoming them through empowerment and education in communities across America." 

Source: ABC 15 News


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