National HIV Testing Day is a reminder to get the facts, get tested, and get involved to take care of yourself and your partners.
An estimated 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and that number grows by almost 50,000 every year. One in seven people who have HIV don’t know it. That means they aren’t getting the medical care they need to stay healthy and avoid passing HIV to others. CDC has found that more than 90 percent of new HIV infections in the United States could be prevented by testing and diagnosing people who have HIV and ensuring they receive prompt, ongoing care and treatment. Early linkage to and retention in HIV care is central to managing HIV and promoting health among all people living with HIV. HIV medicines can keep people with HIV healthy for many years, and greatly reduce the chance of transmitting HIV to their sex partners.
Get the Facts
Protecting yourself and others against HIV starts with knowledge. Knowing the facts about HIV will help you make informed decisions about sex, drug use, and other activities that may put you and your partners at risk for HIV.
- Learn the basics HIV, how to prevent HIV transmission, and the steps you can take to protect yourself and others.
- Talk about what you learn with your friends and other people who are important to you. Empower even more people via social media. Share your new knowledge with your friends
- Visit www.hivtest.org HIV and STD Resources website to find a local testing site.
- Call your state HIV/AIDS hotline to find a testing site.If you test negative, you can take steps to stay that way. If you find out that you are infected with HIV, treatment can slow down the progress of the virus. If you are pregnant, you also will be able to help prevent passing HIV to your baby. You can tell your sex partners if you have HIV and protect them from getting the virus.
AHF and WORLD will be holding an event for National HIV Testing Day. We will be providing free and confidential HIV and STI testing at the clinic located in the lobby space. We invite you to to come have fun, food, drinks and prizes.
When: Saturday, June 27th, 2015 11AM-3PM
What: National HIV Testing Day free and confidential HIV/STI Testing, free food, drinks, DJ, games and prizes.
Where: AHF Castro Street Healthcare Center, 518A Castro Street San Francisco, CA 94114