National HIV Testing Day

Woman holding pink HIV ribbion

One week from today, June 27, is National HIV Testing Day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides a variety of resources to educate the public about HIV testing and prevention.

HIV Facts & Stats from the CDC

  • Approximately 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV
  • 1 in 8 people with HIV are living undiagnosed
  • 30% of new HIV infections are transmitted by people with undiagnosed HIV
  • More than 90% of new infections could be prevented by testing, diagnosis, and treatment
  • While there is no cure, ongoing antiretroviral therapy (ART) can help HIV-positive patients stay healthy and reduce the risk of spreading HIV to others
  • If it’s not already, HIV testing should be part of your regular healthcare screenings

Prevent the Spread of HIV

Prevention and testing are two of the most important steps you can take for your health. Prevention includes making smart, safe decisions when it comes to sexual activity – not engaging in risky behavior, wearing a condom properly with every sexual encounter, and not sharing needles.

For testing sites in your area, enter your city or zip code into the CDC’s “Act Against AIDS” search box, call 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636), or purchase a home testing kit online or at your local pharmacy. To learn more about HIV and what you can do to prevent the spread, visit the CDC website.

Should you have any questions or concerns about HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases, contact your Capital Women’s Care provider.

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