HIV. There is no way to sugarcoat reality. It is important to know your status and to get tested regularly. Luckily, today is the 19th annual National HIV Testing Day and there is no better time to get tested. The CDC currently estimates that 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV. Sadly, 1 in 5 of them don’t know they have it. Do you know your status?
According to Doctor Jonathan Mermin, director of the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, “Every time someone gets tested for HIV, we are one step closer to ending the AIDS epidemic. Learning your HIV status opens the door to powerful HIV prevention and treatment options that could save your life or the life of someone you love.”
“If more Americans were tested as recommended, we could prevent thousands of needless HIV infections and deaths. National HIV Testing Day serves as a reminder to take a stand against one of the key issues driving this epidemic — not knowing your HIV status,” Mermin reiterated.
Also helping with the fight against HIV/AIDS is OraQuick. OraQuick is the first FDA-approved at-home test for HIV-1 and HIV-2. The test is painless and you get the results in 20 minutes. Plus, you can test in the privacy of your home. To find OraQuick in a store near you, click here.
No matter how you test it is important that you know your results. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, “The Affordable Care Act [Obamacare] has already expanded access to free HIV screening for many people.”
However, according to Georgia Equality, “Sequestration and other budget cuts already have resulted in cuts of $375 million from the federal government’s response to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic.” So what does this mean for Georgia programs that our community relies on? “We can predict that cuts to HIV prevention will lead to fewer HIV testing and outreach efforts which will lead to increased infections.”
It is because of such cuts that free testing programs, like those at Pride Medical, are so incredibly important. Take advantage of this valuable resource while it is still free.
“Take the Test and Take Control.”