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National HIV Testing Day


June 27, 2011



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June 27 is the 17th 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 of the more than one million people in the United States living with HIV, one out of five do not know that 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 40 states and 5 U.S.-dependent areas with confidential name-based HIV reporting, 33% of people diagnosed with HIV in 2008 progressed to AIDS within 12 months of their HIV diagnosis. People who receive an early diagnosis are able to monitor their infection and begin treatment as soon as it is needed, 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.


National HIV Testing Day Web Pages


2011 Statement by President Barack Obama on National HIV Testing Day

2011 Statement by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), on National HIV Testing Day

2011 Statement by Dr. Kevin Fenton, Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, CDC, on National HIV Testing Day

2011 Message About National HIV Testing Day from the Office of National AIDS Policy

2011 Message About National HIV Testing Day from AIDS.gov

CDC National HIV Testing Day Web Page

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National HIV Testing Day Web Page

AIDS.gov National HIV Testing Day Web Page


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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.

Act Against AIDS: Information about HIV prevention, testing, and treatment resources, from the CDC.

HIV Testing Basics for Consumers: Common questions and answers about HIV testing, from the CDC.

National HIV Testing Day eCards: Send an eCard to friends and family to remind them to get tested for HIV, from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

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.

The VA has developed the following materials about HIV testing, designed specifically for veterans, health care providers, and the general public:   

HIV/AIDS Basics: Links to government resources about HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, and treatment, from AIDS.gov.

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HIV Testing Research


FY 2011 Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research: Comprehensive plan for all National Institutes of Health (NIH) HIV-related research for 2011, from the Office of AIDS Research (OAR), NIH. The Reducing New Infections section of the 2011 Plan includes information on 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 Chat, 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


Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women in Health-Care Settings
: From the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), CDC.

Screening for HIV—Summary of Recommendations: From the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

HIV Testing in Health Care Settings: From the CDC. 


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HIV Testing-Related Videos and Podcasts


The following videos and podcasts highlight National HIV Testing Day:  


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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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