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National HIV Testing Day

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), about one in 7 people living in the U.S. are infected with HIV but they don’t realize they have it. To know one’s HIV status provides powerful information to them. Those who test positive for HIV can take medicines to keep them healthy and to greatly reduce their chance of passing HIV to others but the only way to know for sure is to get tested. 

National Day of Awareness for HIV Testing

On June 27th—National HIV Testing Day—people nationwide are encouraged to learn their HIV status. The CDC recommends everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 gets tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care and those with certain risk factors need to be tested more frequently.

Who is at Risk for HIV?

Anyone who practices risky and unsafe behaviors runs the risk of getting infected with HIV. Those behaviors include having unprotected sex with multiple partners or with someone of unknown HIV status. Sharing injection drug needles or equipment can also put a person at risk. Anyone who practices risky behaviors is at risk for contracting the virus no matter their age, sex, race, or sexual orientation.

Know Your HIV Status

Getting tested at least once a year for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections is a good health plan for everyone sexually active. Testing is the ONLY way to know for sure if you have the HIV virus which means you can keep yourself and your sexual partners healthy. It can be scary to think about but if your result is negative, or positive, it’s always better to know so that you can live your life without worry or start treatment if necessary.

FOR YOUR OWN PEACE OF MIND, ARCPOINT LABS NATIONWIDE PROVIDES ACCURATE AND RELIABLE STD TESTING.  CONTACT YOUR NEAREST LOCATION TO LEARN MORE.

 

 

 

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