June 27, 2011
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.