Take HIV Test, Take Control
"Take the Test, Take Control," the theme of National HIV Testing Day on June 27th, highlights the importance of taking an HIV test as a positive step in controlling one's health and that of one's partners.
"Taking an HIV test is the only way to know if you are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS," said Secretary Karen Timberlake. "HIV testing is the first step in taking control. For persons who become aware they have HIV infection, the next step is early medical care.
" Each year, the CDC estimates over 40,000 Americans are infected by HIV, and up to two thirds of new infections occur as a result of a person being unaware they are infected and passing HIV to someone else. Nationally, over one million people are infected with HIV, a quarter of which may not know they are infected. Here in Wisconsin, 8,000 people are living with HIV, of which an estimated 2,000 are unaware they are HIV positive.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends ways to help stop the spread of HIV.