Each year on June 27, AIDSVu is proud to recognize National HIV Testing Day by raising awareness of the critical role that testing plays in fighting the HIV epidemic. 1.1 million people in the United States are currently living with HIV, and 1 in 7 people with HIV are unaware of their infection. Widespread HIV testing, early diagnosis, timely linkage to care and treatment, and access to comprehensive HIV prevention services are critical components of our national response to the HIV epidemic. In fact, according to a 2015 study by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 90 percent of new HIV infections in the United States could be averted by diagnosing people living with HIV and ensuring they receive prompt, ongoing care and treatment.
Getting tested is the only way for you to know your HIV status, and the CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once.
On National HIV Testing Day, commit to taking action:
- Educate Family and Friends: Share our National HIV Testing Day graphics with your network.
- Get Tested & Find Treatment: AIDSVu provides its users with searchable locators for HIV testing, care, and comprehensive prevention services (including Truvada for PrEP™).
- Understand HIV Where You Live: AIDSVu recently launched new interactive maps and data. See how the HIV epidemic impacts your community down to the ZIP-Code level.