Tomorrow isn’t just mid-week or hump day. It’s National HIV Testing Day. And we encourage everyone to pay close attention to why the CDC is encouraging everyone (between ages 16 – 64) to get tested … at least once.
According to the U.S. Center for Disease & Prevention on HIV testing :
- HIV is a virus (human immunodeficiency virus) that becomes AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome)
- At least 1 million people in the United States are living with the HIV virus
- HIV destroys crucial blood cells that allow the body to fight diseases
- AIDS was first recognized in 1981
- “AIDS is the late stage of HIV infection, when a person’s immune system is severely damaged and has difficulty fighting diseases and certain cancers.” – CDC
- “HIV medications may limit or slow down the destruction of the immune system, improve the health of people living with HIV, and may reduce their ability to transmit HIV.” – CDC
Out of over 1 million people who have the HIV virus, the CDC estimates that 20% don’t know they have it. That’s why national testing days such as tomorrow are extremely important. Annual testing is recommended for those at high risk for HIV testing: those with multiple sexual partners; intravenous drug users and gay and bisexual men. Even for those not falling into those categories, the CDC recommends HIV testing … at least once.
Local walk-in labs such as ARCpoint Labs offer easy, rapid HIV testing. Initial tests use oral fluid collected via a simple cheek swab. Results are returned within 20 minutes.
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