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National HIV Testing Day

Photo: A group of young men and women
Getting tested for HIV is easy and more testing sites are now available, especially around National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), June 27. This week, there will be thousands of organizations offering HIV testing and hosting special NHTD events. Now is the time to "Take the Test, Take Control."

Two men

Because anyone can get HIV, CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 be tested as a routine part of their medical care. CDC also recommends that pregnant women be tested early during each pregnancy. This will help eliminate the spread of HIV to infants.

Early HIV diagnosis is critical, so people who are infected can fully benefit from available live-saving treatments. Currently, almost 40 percent of people with HIV are not diagnosed until they have already developed AIDS that can be up to 10 years after they first became infected with HIV.

Finding out whether you are infected with HIV is the first step to improving your health and the health of your partners and your family. The week of June 27 there will be thousands of organizations offering HIV testing and hosting special NHTD events. Make plans to get tested and encourage others to get tested as well with an e-Card.

Cool Videos on HIV Testing

For National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), teams of students from six universities used a creative new medium—"personal" public service announcements or PPSAs—to encourage their peers and others to get an HIV test. CDC partnered with the University of Georgia’s New Media Institute to sponsor the development of PPSAs.

Watch these exciting new video PPSAs: 

Make it real Quicktime Icon 1.02MB
Spoken word Quicktime Icon 859KB
Tested positive Quicktime Icon 1.11MB
I know Quicktime Icon 879KB
Nervous Quicktime Icon 878KB
Not positive? Quicktime Icon 1.46MB
What am I afraid of (version #1) Quicktime Icon 914KB
What am I afraid of (version #2) Quicktime Icon 931KB

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Video screen capture from "Make it real"
Video screen capture from "Spoken word"

All about NHTD

Graphic: Take the Test. June 27, National HIV Testing Day

Organized annually by the National Association of People with AIDS* (NAPWA), with support from CDC, this year marks the 16th Annual NHTD. The theme of campaign – "Take the Test. Take Control" – highlights the need for HIV testing.

NAPWA and other NHTD organizers reach out to communities at increased risk of HIV infection, especially African American and Latino populations. HIV exacts a devastating toll on African Americans, who account for almost half of new HIV diagnoses (49% in 2006) but only approximately 13% of the population in the 33 states with confidential name-based HIV reporting. Latinos are also hard hit, accounting for nearly 20% of new HIV diagnoses (18% in 2006) but only approximately 13% of population in those 33 states with confidential name-based HIV reporting.

Key Resources and Information

Basic HIV Information
Learn about HIV/AIDS, how it is and is not transmitted, the risk factors for HIV transmission, preventing transmission and the symptoms of HIV infection.

National HIV Testing Database
Find an HIV test site near you from the National HIV Testing Database, a CDC-sponsored service available 24 hours a day.

CDC's Web site for HIV/AIDS in the United States.

CDC HIV/AIDS Topic: Testing
Overview and resources on HIV testing from CDC, including rapid tests, testing in healthcare settings, and more.

LGBT Health
Key information related to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender health

Page last reviewed: June 23, 2008
Page last updated: June 23, 2008
Content source: National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention
Content owner: National Center for Health Marketing
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