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.