June 27th is National HIV Testing Day (NHTD). The annual campaign, sponsored by the National Association of People with Aids (NAPWA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), encourages people around the country to take control of their health by knowing their HIV status – “Take the Test, Take Control.”
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), a virus that can infect the human body, can lead to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). It is estimated that 21 percent of those infected with HIV don’t know they have it. While there has been some progress since AIDS was first recognized in 1981, the epidemic continues to grow and early diagnosis is critical.
Some areas are offering free HIV testing in honor of NHTD. Mayors and governors around the country are also being asked to participate in the NHTD observance as well.
National HIV Testing Day
- Basic HIV and AIDS information
- HIV FAQs
- How does testing work and why get tested?
- To find a testing site in your area, simply text “ZIP” to “KNOWIT” (566948) on your mobile device or visit the CDC website.
- Add a free NHTD widget or button to your website or blog and spread the word.
- Dr. Kevin Fenton, Director of the CDCs National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, will discuss National HIV Testing Day – available via podcast.