Wednesday, June 27, 2012

National HIV Testing Day

Courtesy Huffington Post

June 27 marks National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), designated as an annual campaign to remind Americans how and when to get tested.

The "Take the Test, Take Control" initiative was reportedly developed in 1995 by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) in direct response to the growing number of HIV/AIDS infections across the country, particularly those in communities of color and other heavily impacted communities. 

As CBS is reporting, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourage everyone ages 13-64 get tested for HIV at least once. High-risk individuals -- including sexually active gay and bisexual men, injection drug users or people with multiple sex partners -- are urged by the agency to get tested once a year.

"A record number of Americans living with HIV know their HIV status," writes Dr. Thomas Frieden of the CDC in a blog. "Knowing your HIV status is a critical first step to getting life-saving treatment and care. Importantly, people who know they have HIV are much less likely to spread their infection to others."

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For more information on HIV testing in Fresno, please contact the Fresno County Dept. of Public Health…

Phone: (559) 600-3434 Fax: (559) 600-3370 Email: Address: 1221 Fulton Mall Fresno, CA 93721

FREE condoms and dental dams are available Wed-Sat, Noon – 5PM at the Fresno LGBT Community Center at 1055 N Van Ness Avenue Suite A, Fresno, CA 93728 559-325-4429. The Community Center also has a wide array of HIV & STD information, fliers and brochures available for free.

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