One in 5 people living with HIV in the U.S. don't know they have it. You can help change this: spread the word about National HIV Testing Day on June 27.
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS. Many people with HIV don’t have any symptoms. The only way for people to know if they have HIV is to get tested. Encourage people to take the test and take control.
How can National HIV Testing Day make a difference?
More than half of American adults have never been tested for HIV. And right now, at least 1 in 3 people who test positive for HIV are tested too late to get all the benefits of treatment.
We can use National HIV Testing Day to raise awareness about how people can take the test and take control. Every time someone gets tested for HIV, everyone wins.
- People who find out they are HIV-negative can take steps to stay HIV-free.
- People who find out they are HIV-positive can get early treatment to help them live longer, healthier lives. They can also take steps to protect their partners’ health.
- Every new HIV infection prevented can save up to $367,000 per person in lifetime medical costs.
How can I help spread the word?
We’ve made it easier for you to make a difference! This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:
Take action to increase awareness about HIV.
- Find out about services that prevent HIV in your community. Help promote these resources by including information in your newsletter or posting information on your Web site.
- Host a community forum with an HIV educator to talk about the benefits of HIV testing and early treatment.
- Call a local organization that offers HIV testing and ask them how you can help them spread the word about HIV Testing Day.
- Host a fundraising event, like a run or walk, to raise money for a local HIV organization.
- Set an example by getting tested for HIV. Encourage co-workers, family members, and friends to get tested.
Adapted from The National Association of People with AIDS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Contact the National Association of People with AIDS at Toll Free: 866-846-9366. and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at email@example.com for more information and materials.