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National HIV Testing Day

June 27, 2010


June 27 is the 16th annual observance of National HIV Testing Day. The purpose of this day is to promote HIV testing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in 2006 approximately 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV and, of these, an estimated 21% do not know they are infected.

HIV testing is a critical component of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care. According to the latest surveillance data from the CDC, in the 37 states with confidential name-based HIV reporting, 32% of people diagnosed with HIV in 2007 progressed to AIDS within 12 months of their HIV diagnosis. People who receive an early diagnosis are able to begin treatment in the initial stage of the disease, which can lead to better control of the virus and may slow the progression to AIDS.

The links on this page provide information about National HIV Testing Day and testing resources, including a Web site to locate testing sites, research about HIV testing, and guidelines for testing.
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Information about HIV Testing


National HIV Testing Resource: Database of HIV testing centers across the United States that can be searched by location and by type of HIV test offered, from the CDC.

HIV Testing Overview: Overview of HIV testing, types of tests, and guidelines for testing, including links to fact sheets and podcasts, from the CDC. Nine and a Half Minutes is a CDC Web site that provides information about HIV prevention, testing, and treatment resources.

Types of HIV Tests: News and information on HIV tests, including home test kits and rapid test kits, from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

General Information on HIV Testing: Information on HIV testing, from the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN).

Women & HIV/AIDS—Get Tested for HIV: Information on HIV testing and resources, from womenshealth.gov.
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HIV Testing Research


FY 2010 Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research: Comprehensive plan for all NIH HIV-related research for 2010, from the Office of AIDS Research (OAR), NIH. The plan includes research related to HIV testing.

Clinical Trials about HIV Testing: Studies seeking volunteers to participate in clinical research relating to HIV testing, from ClinicalTrials.gov. To help narrow your search for clinical trials, Live Help, a service of AIDSinfo, provides one-on-one assistance via the Internet. Assistance from AIDSinfo is also available by calling 800-448-0440.

Published Research about HIV Testing: Research published in the last year concerning HIV testing, from PubMed.gov.
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Guidelines for HIV Testing


Screening for HIV - Recommendation Statement: From the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women in Health-Care Settings: From the CDC.
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AIDSinfo Resources


AIDSinfo and its Spanish-language companion Web site, infoSIDA, provide HIV/AIDS treatment and research information in both English and Spanish:

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