Today – June 27, 2009 – is National HIV Testing Day.
AIDS.gov, the one-stop access to U.S. Government HIV/AIDS information and an organization PatientsLikeMe collaborates with to raise awareness of HIV, has been running a campaign all month to promote National HIV Testing Day. As part of the campaign, AIDS.gov launched the “I Know. I Took the Test” blog series, featuring videos and stories of people talking about what taking an HIV test means to them. The series highlights several HIV testing story campaigns from organizations such as the National Association of People Living with AIDS , POZ , Southern AIDS Living Quilt , The Positive Project , and others.
In support of this campaign, PatientsLikeMe recently invited members of our HIV community to tell us in a few sentences about their experience and/or thoughts about HIV testing. Here’s what they had to say:
“I think it is probably the single most important thing a person can do for him/herself. The test will show if a person is infected, important knowledge no matter how it turns out.”
“Getting tested for HIV is so important. The knowledge of knowing can make a difference as to how you will live your journey in life.”
“Being tested for me caused me to change my outlook on sex, changed my life in such a way that gives me a opportunity to speak on the importance of being tested , and to share information about treatment, and that there is a life after testing takes place. If we ever what to see an end to this very serious problem across the world we must continue to speak and encourage testing in all walks of life. Moot for me I think not, important to get the word out yes,yes, yes. Experience is the best teacher.”
“I agree that experience is our best teacher. If you haven’t experienced things how could you give advice?”
“Knowledge is power, knowing your HIV status truly allows you to start living a healthier life, whether you’re are positive or negative.”
Want to know more about how to spread the word on HIV testing? Check out the latest promotions at AIDS.gov and, as always, feel free to share your own experiences there and with PatientsLikeMe.