Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is recognizing June 27, 2009 as National HIV Testing Day. This is a day encouraging people of all ages to “Take the Test, Take Control.”
The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA), in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other national and local entities across the country organized National HIV Testing Day in response to the growing number of HIV infections in communities of color and other heavily impacted communities. CDC estimates approximately 250,000 Americans are living with HIV but unaware of their HIV status. NAPWA believes HIV testing is a critical first step in taking control and responsibility over one’s health.
“Of all HIV and AIDS cases reported to New Hampshire DHHS between 1999 and 2004, 41% of people testing positive for HIV were diagnosed with AIDS within one year.” said Public Health Director Dr José Montero. “This is in line with a national trend that shows people are first discovering they are HIV positive long after they were actually infected. Finding out whether you are infected with HIV is the first step to improving your health and the health of your partners and your family.
For more information about HIV and AIDS or to locate an HIV testing site in your community visit www.dhhs.state.nh.us/DHHS/STDHIVPREVENT/LIBRARY/Fact +Sheet/clinics.htm or call the NH HIV/AIDS Hotline at 1-800-752-2437. For more information about National HIV testing day visit www.hivtest.org.