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Notice to Readers National HIV Testing Day -- June 27, 1999

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. The purpose of National HIV Testing Day is to educate the public about HIV counseling and testing and encourage voluntary counseling and testing for those at risk for HIV infection as a critical step in personal control and responsibility for one's health.

On June 27, from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. eastern time, CDC will present its first National HIV Testing Day Webcast. Participants are invited to visit* for information about HIV testing and HIV/AIDS prevention. Transcripts of the webcast will be available online at the same address through the end of July.

The National Association of People with AIDS created National HIV Testing Day in 1995. In 1998, campaign participants included approximately 10,000 health departments; national, state, and local organizations; and the news media. Data from CDC's National Counseling and Testing Data System indicate that, in each of the past 3 years, the number of persons tested for HIV antibody in publicly funded HIV testing sites during the week of National HIV Testing Day was higher than the number during the previous week (CDC, unpublished data, 1998). These data also show an increase in the number of HIV-positive persons tested.

* References to sites of nonfederal organizations on the World-Wide Web are provided as a service to MMWR readers and do not constitute or imply endorsement of these organizations or their programs by CDC or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CDC is not responsible for the content of pages found at these sites.

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