To boost public awareness and increase preventative care outreach, the National Association of People with Aids on June 27 will host its 19th annual National HIV Testing Day, an annual campaign to encourage people of all ages to take the test, take control. The organization states that there’s more reason than ever to get tested this year, because there are “more ways to get tested, and more we can do with a negative or positive result.”
NAPWA is not alone in its efforts. CDC reports nearly 200 events scheduled June 27 nationwide, each featuring free HIV testing. Their efforts are necessary: According to CDC’s National Prevention Information Network, the number of people living with HIV in the U.S. is higher than ever before.
Its network also reports good news: Recent data suggests that only 5 percent of people infected with HIV transmitted it, an 89 percent decline from the mid-1980s. Further, more people now know if they’re infected, which “is a sign of progress for HIV prevention because research shows that most individuals reduce behaviors that could transmit HIV when they learn they are infected.”
National HIV Testing Day now includes a national network of partners, including the Greater than AIDS coalition, Walgreen’s —the nation’s largest pharmacy chain, which will offer free HIV testing in 20 cities throughout June — and CDC’s “Testing Makes Us Stronger” campaign for black gay and bisexual men.
On June 27, NAPWA will host its annual Congressional News Conference in Washington, D.C., with Rep. Barbara Lee and other government officials and HIV leaders. For more information on National HIV Testing Day, visit its website at http://hivtest.cdc.gov/press_files/Default.aspx.