There are many centers all over the nation offering the possibility to get a free test, as well as counseling regarding safety measures to avoid getting infected or infecting others.
It does not take longer than a minute to get tested but the test could make a huge difference in your life if you learn you have the virus.
It is a misconception that the days of worrying about HIV (the human immunodeficiency virus) are gone and that it is no longer a threat to people’s health.
Campaigns like these are incredibly useful because they raise awareness on the importance of being on the lookout for ways in which you can contact the virus and get tested.
It was reported that 1.2 million American people have HIV or AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) and there are about 50.000 people diagnosed every year.
However, the rates might be even higher, given the fact that recent reports show that one in eight people are unaware they have been infected with the virus.
Philadelphia seems to be the one with the highest rate and it was revealed that it was five times higher than the U.S. national average.
However, the infection with the virus is more prevalent in poor rural areas than in cities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This makes it even harder to determine how many cases of people infected with HIV there actually are in the U.S.A.
The most important thing is to get tested. It was proved that the communities where the testing rate is low, people have higher chances of spreading the disease and dying at an earlier age due to the lack of proper treatment.
When you have the virus, every year counts and the later you find out about, the more likely you are to die sooner.
Nowadays, he treatments available for the people who have been infected with HIV are extremely efficient and can allow a person to live a healthy and long life before AIDS kicks in.
We should not forget that HIV is almost asymptomatic, especially in its early phase and it can be really long before you suspect you have been infected.
Therefore, National HIV Testing Day is a good way of saying “Get tested today!” to everyone.
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