National HIV Testing Day is an annual campaign that encourages people of all ages to “Take the Test, Take Control.” In the United States, nearly 1.2 million persons are living with HIV and nearly one in eight are unaware they are infected. Based on these estimates, about 1,000 people in Wisconsin are unaware of their HIV infection.
Getting tested is the only way to know your HIV status. If you are HIV-positive, you can start getting treated, which can improve your health, prolong your life, and greatly lower your chance of spreading HIV to others. HIV testing is recommended for persons at risk as well as routine screening of all adults ages 15-65 years.
For more information about HIV testing, talk with your healthcare provider. To locate HIV resources in Wisconsin, including testing and treatment services, call 1-800-334-2437 or visit the web at http://www.arcw.org/aidsline/.
Additional information about National HIV Testing Day is available on the web at https://gettested.cdc.gov/.