National HIV Testing Day Reminds Us That HIV Testing Saves Lives
June 27th is National HIV Testing Day.
The Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 be tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care; and those at increased risk should be tested at least annually.
Why should everyone know their HIV status?
Testing identifies infected persons, who can then seek medical care that can improve the quality and length of their lives, encourages safer behaviors and reduces risk for HIV transmission.
There are approximately 50,000 new cases of HIV a year in the United States.
More than one million Americans are living with HIV infection; approximately one in eight don’t know it. The majority of new HIV infections are transmitted by those who are unaware of their infection.
Early detection reduces the spread of the disease, extends life expectancy, and reduces costs of care. Every HIV infection prevented saves approx. $379,668 in a lifetime of medical costs.
Case management services available for eligible HIV positive individuals, their family or significant other who lives in Inyo County.
Test and know, for a healthier you, and a healthier community.
For more information contact your medical provider or call Inyo County Public Health at 760-873-7868.