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Published on June 17, 2013

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day

June 17, 2013

HIVOne in five people living with HIV in the US don’t know they have it. You can help change this: spread the word about National HIV Testing Day on June 27. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS. Many people with HIV don’t have any symptoms; the only way for people to know if they have HIV is to get tested. KishHealth System encourages you to get tested for HIV. 

More than half of American adults have never been tested for HIV. And right now, at least one in three people who test positive for HIV are tested too late to get all the benefits of treatment. Even if you don’t feel sick, getting early treatment for HIV is important – early treatment can help you live a longer, healthier life. 

HIV is spread through some of the body’s fluids, like blood, semen, vaginal fluids and breast milk. HIV is passed from one person to anther by:

  • Having unprotected sex (vaginal, anal or oral) with a person who has HIV
  • Sharing needles with someone who has HIV
  • Breastfeeding, pregnancy, or childbirth if the mother has HIV
  • Getting a blood transfusion that has HIV (very rare in the U.S.)

HIV testing is covered for many people by the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare reform law passed in 2010. Depending on your insurance plan, you may be able to get tested at no cost to you. Talk to your physician and your insurance provider. To find an HIV testing site near you, visit hivtest.cdc.gov.

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