4 posts tagged “National HIV Testing Day”

Take an HIV Test. Take Control.

Posted June 27th, 2012 by

“CDC estimates that 55 percent of adults – and 28 percent of adults with a risk factor for HIV – have not been tested.  Too many people living with HIV are being tested and diagnosed too late to take advantage of effective HIV treatment and prevention options.”
Dr. Kevin A. Fenton, Director,
CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention

Today Is National HIV Testing Day

Today is National HIV Testing Day, now in its 17th year.  Given that 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV and one in five is unaware of his or her infection, the goal of this annual event is to promote regular testing and early diagnosis.

If you haven’t gotten tested recently, here are three quick ways to locate a testing center near you:

Scared to take the test?  It’s perfectly understandable.  But there are good reasons to do it.  If you test negative, you can be certain of your status. If you test positive, you can begin receiving specialized care and treatment to help you stay healthy. You can also look to the 3,000+ patients in PatientsLikeMe’s HIV community for information and support.

More than 30 years after the discovery of AIDS, things are very different.  Thanks to advances in treatment, you can live a long, productive life with HIV, just like basketball legend Magic Johnson, who is now 20 years post-diagnosis and recently narrated an ESPN documentary about his experience entitled “The Announcement.”

So don’t put it off – get tested today.


It’s National HIV Testing Day

Posted June 27th, 2011 by

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD): June 27

Have you been tested for HIV recently? Yes, you.

As we wrote in a recent blog, an estimated one in five people with HIV in the US are unaware of their infection. That “one” could be you or someone you know. So instead of wondering, find out your status today during National HIV Testing Day, now in its 16th year. The message is “take the test, take control.”

Use this online locator to find a screening facility near you, and if you’d like, you can research the various types of HIV tests available beforehand. Depending on the individual facility, you may be able to get rapid results in as short as 20 minutes using a method that involves taking a swab of saliva.

Are you afraid to find out the test results? You are not alone. There are benefits to knowing, however. If you test negative, you can be confident of your status. If you test positive, you can begin receiving specialized care and treatment to help you stay healthy. You can also look to the 2,961 HIV patients at PatientsLikeMe for information and support.

Thirty years after the discovery of AIDS, it’s now possible to live a long, productive life with HIV, thanks to advances in treatment. Take basketball legend Magic Johnson, who took the brave step of revealing his HIV+ status in 1991. As a successful businessman and NBA commentator now in his fifties, he is a poster child for thriving with HIV.

So be brave too – and get tested today.