Are you Positive you’re Negative?
Did you know 1 in 5 Americans don’t know they’re infected because they haven’t been tested?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one out of five people living with HIV in the U.S. are unaware of their HIV Status.
If you haven’t been tested, you’re not alone. Knowing your status is important whether you are HIV positive or not. Early diagnosis and treatment save lives. And, if you are HIV negative, it’s important to stay that way.
National HIV Testing Day is an opportunity for people nationwide to learn their HIV status and to gain knowledge to take control of their health and their lives.
The sense of national urgency and hysteria no longer surrounds the issue of AIDS. It has since been replaced with its antithesis, a pervasive complacency that, in some ways, is just as alarming as the disease itself.
The CDC recommends everyone get tested for HIV as a matter of routine health care.
National HIV Testing Day’s message – “Take the Test, Take Control“
– emphasizes the importance of early diagnosis and treatment for those who are HIV positive. On Wednesday, June 27, 2012, communities across the country will mark National HIV Testing Day with free testing events and awareness campaigns to encourage people to learn their status.
For more information about events, testing locations, and resources, visit:
To protect yourself and those you care about, it’s important to:
- Know if your partner has ever had an HIV test, used IV drugs, or engaged in risky sexual behaviors
- Be honest with your partner(s), if you have AIDS or are HIV-positive
- Remember, HIV is preventable, SILENCE IS DANGEROUS