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National HIV Testing Day Awareness Message

Proclamation by the President: National HIV Testing Day, 2004

An estimated 180,000–280,000 people in the United States are HIV positive and don’t even know it.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is pleased to support National HIV Testing Day on June 27. This annual observance is critical to the fight against HIV/AIDS because it presents an opportunity for people across this country to learn their HIV status and to gain the knowledge they need to take control of their health and their lives. It is also an invaluable opportunity to dispel the myths and dismantle the fear and stigma associated with HIV testing, and to reach those who have never been tested or who have engaged in high-risk behavior since their last test.

This year’s theme, "It's Better to Know" is a call to action. It is better to know, because:

  • Too many Americans with HIV are diagnosed late in the course of their infection, when they may not be able to fully benefit from life-prolonging treatments
  • HIV testing can reduce new infections when HIV-positive persons become aware of their status and take the necessary precautions to stop spreading the disease
  • HIV testing is easier, more accessible, and less invasive than ever

For more information on HIV testing, or to find a testing location in your area, visit:
www.hivtest.org, a service provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information about National HIV Testing Day and its sponsor, the National Association of People with AIDS, click here.

 



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