Friday, June 27, 2008
Today, Friday, June 27th, is National HIV Testing Day. Many of us, I would guess, have become somewhat desensitized to these types of events. We are inundated by days or weeks or months dedicated to various causes. It would be easy to ignore National HIV Testing Day or view it as just another event on an already overcrowded calendar.
But I encourage all of you to pay attention to this special day. Why? Because HIV/AIDS is preventable. It is only preventable, though, if all of us know our HIV status. Today, the CDC estimates that roughly a quarter million people in the US are HIV+ and do not know it. We need to decrease this number. If we are going to beat HIV/AIDS, it’s important that people know their status.
Where can you get tested? If you don’t know of a local testing site, simply go to www.hivtest.org. Type in your zip code, and you will be provided with a list of nearby sites. Or, you can find a test site by texting your zip code.
If you have never been tested, or if you haven’t been tested in a while, get tested today. It’s the only way we can end this pandemic.
Until next time, I’m Dave Wessner.