June 27th is National HIV Testing Day
According to the CDC, an estimated 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the United States, and that number grows annually by almost 50,000 cases. These are vital statistics to the future health of our nation and the world, especially when you consider the fact that…1 in 8 people who have HIV don’t know it.
The CDC has found that more than 90% of new HIV infections in the US could be prevented by testing and diagnosing people who could have been exposed to HIV, followed by ensuring they receive prompt, ongoing care and treatment.
Y Did you know? The CDC recommends everyone between the ages of 13 – 64 who is sexually active, to get tested for HIV as part of a routine health check-up. Incredulous developments in science and medicine, have come such a long way in the past two decades; In fact, HIV medicines are now able to keep people healthy for years and years, and greatly reduce the chance of transmitting HIV to their sex partners.
Y Tips: Support people living with HIV… Have open and honest conversations, by helping to protect their hearts, by listening to the challenges they face. Volunteer in your community to provide support for people in your living with special needs, whether that be medically like HIV, Cancer, Abused & Battered Women, or emotionally with Autistic Children and their families and bullied young adults. The ability to inspire is priceless!
If you or someone you love has been sexually active and not been tested, make sure they get tested!