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National HIV Testing Day, June 27, 2003

The ninth annual National HIV Testing Day, sponsored by the National Association of People with AIDS, is June 27, 2003. The theme for this year's campaign is "Take the Test, Take Control."

National HIV Testing Day promotes the importance of early human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) detection, counseling, referral, treatment, and prevention services. Persons at high risk for HIV should be tested and learn the results so they can know their status, practice preventive behaviors, and seek appropriate services.

In 2000, an estimated 850,000--950,000 persons in the United States were living with HIV, and approximately one fourth of these persons did not know they were infected (1). Many persons who learn they are HIV infected adopt behaviors that might reduce the risk for transmitting HIV. When infected persons know their status, they are more likely to practice HIV risk-reduction behaviors (2).

Additional information about HIV Testing Day is available at http://www.hivtest.org.

References

  1. Fleming P, Byers RH, Sweeney PA, Daniels D, Karon JM, Janssen RS. HIV prevalence in the United States, 2000 [Abstract]. Presented at the 9th Conference on Retrovirus and Opportunistic Infections, Seattle, Washington, February 24--28, 2002.
  2. CDC. Adoption of protective behaviors among persons with recent HIV infection and diagnosis---Alabama, New Jersey, and Tennessee, 1997--1998. MMWR 2000;49:512--5.



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