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TOMORROW is National HIV Testing Day

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.

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Tomorrow is National HIV Testing Day

About HIV

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

CDC source

Testing HIV

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.

Need an HIV test?

Find your nearest ARCpoint Labs.

 

posted by Turn The Page in HIV and have Comment (1)

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  1. Comment by ตรวจเอชไอวี ด้วยตัวเอง on September 11, 2015 at 8:14 am

    South London will soon outstrip South Africa with number of HIV positive heterosexual people, most of whom it will be discovered are female, as is the case here in KZN.

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