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National HIV Testing Day --- June 27, 2006

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. Initiated in 1995 by the National Association of People with AIDS, National HIV Testing Day serves to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS and to encourage all persons in the United States to get tested for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Locations of HIV test sites by postal code are available at National HIV Testing Resources at http://www.hivtest.org/index.htm.

Persons who know they have HIV infection often can receive antiretroviral treatment at an early stage of disease, when more treatment options are available. Knowing HIV status also has the potential to reduce transmission. Persons who learn they are infected with HIV usually take steps to reduce their risk for transmitting the virus (1).

In 2003, CDC began its Advancing HIV Prevention initiative (2), which aims to increase the prevalence of persons who know their HIV status by making HIV testing more available and by encouraging more people to take advantage of the tests. MMWR will publish CDC's revised Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women in Health-Care Settings later this year.

References

  1. Marks G, Crepaz N, Senterfitt JW, Janssen RS. Meta-analysis of high-risk sexual behavior in persons aware and unaware they are infected with HIV in the United States: implications for HIV prevention programs. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2005;39: 446--53.
  2. CDC. Advancing HIV prevention: new strategies for a changing epidemic---United States, 2003. MMWR 2003;52:329--2.

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Date last reviewed: 6/22/2006

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