National HIV Testing Day is June 27th
This year more than 100 mayors throughout the United States will be actively participating in the national HIV testing day (NHTD), helping to get the word out. In addition, the National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA) and a private sector partner will distribute 10,000 complimentary rapid oral HIV tests to the cities participating in the Mayors Campaign Against AIDS.
You are encouraged to be tested if you participate in any of these behaviors:
* Have injected drugs or steroids or shared equipment (such as needles, syringes, works) with others
* Have had unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex with men who have sex with men, multiple partners, or anonymous partners
* Have exchanged sex for drugs or money
* Have been diagnosed with or treated for hepatitis, tuberculosis (TB), or a sexually transmitted disease (STD), like syphilis
* Have had unprotected sex with someone who could answer yes to any of the above questions
If you do any of the above, it is important to be tested at least once a year for HIV. The most common HIV tests use blood to detect HIV infection, but there are some which use saliva or urine. The rapid HIV tests can give results in about 20 minutes. All positive HIV tests must be followed up by another test to confirm the positive result. Results of this confirmatory test can take a few days to a few weeks.
For a list of HIV tests that are FDA-approved, visit the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.
If you test positive for HIV, the CDC recommends that you be seen by a licensed health care provider, preferably one with experience treating people living with HIV. Your physician will then help you with treatment information and guidance.
Detailed information on specific treatments is available from the Department of Health and Human Services' AIDSinfo. The information given at AIDSinfo includes information regarding clinical trials. You may contact AIDSinfo by phone at 1-800-448-0440 (English and Spanish) or 1-888-480-3739 (TTY).
Center for Disease Control and Prevention