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News, Public Health, Disease Prevention: Saturday, June 27 is National HIV Testing Day

Saturday, June 27 2009 is National HIV Testing Day

HIVTest.org

Photo credit: http://www.hivtest.org – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009

An annual event co-sponsored by the National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA) and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), this public health promotional effort encourages sexually-active Americans to be tested each year for infection with the HIV virus or other sexually transmitted diseases.

A separate CDC website at HIVTest.org allows a person to type in their individual zip-code or city/state location which will then bring up a directory of local sites where testing services will be available on Saturday.

Another means of finding local test site information is to call this toll-free phone number:   1-800-CDC-INFO (or 1-800-232-4636).

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A recently published report in MMWRVol. 58 (24);661-665 (June 26 2009) recaps the ill-effects of “Late HIV Testing in 34 States, 1996-2005”.

Here is an excerpt from that report – and one which represents a very sobering statistic for any epidemiologist: Current estimates suggest that 21% of HIV infections in the United States are undiagnosed.”

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CDC sponsors a related consumer-health information source page called “Nine and A Half Minutes” (for the estimated frequency of new STD infections among Americans).  Here is a screenshot of that site:

HIVfactsPhoto credit: http://www.hivtest.org – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009

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A 14-page HIV Testing Fact Sheet (in English or Spanish language) is available from CDC at this link.

Finally, below is a short list of other statistical or factual sites for current sexual health information:

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One response to “News, Public Health, Disease Prevention: Saturday, June 27 is National HIV Testing Day

  1. Laura Brasnan July 21, 2009 at 2:15 AM

    I really enjoyed reading and i found out that you have a very informative blog about AIDS.

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