Join us today in commemorating the 19th annual National HIV Testing Day. Hosted by AIDS.gov, this year's theme is "Take the test. Take control." According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about half of the estimated 50,000 new HIV infections each year are transmitted by people who do not know that they are HIV-positive.
As a result, HIV testing remains a matter of national importance. Watch a video with Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, about the significance of National HIV Testing Day:
Secretary Sebelius also advises that,
“HIV testing is so important because it gives you the information you need to make good decisions about your health. If you test negative, you can take steps to stay that way. If you have HIV, there are medications that will help you stay healthy and live longer. These medications — known as antiretroviral therapy —also make it significantly less likely that you might pass the virus to someone else.”
Today, HIV testing is quicker and easier than ever before. AIDS.gov offers an HIV testing locator and the CDC offers a testing site locator as well. In addition, the Affordable Care Act, consistent with President Obama's National HIV/AIDS Strategy, has made considerable progress with increasing awareness and providing more access to free HIV screenings.