NH DHHS - Free HIV Tests Available as Part of National HIV Testing Day

Have You Been Tested? Know Your Status

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS), in collaboration with local testing sites, is offering free, oral

HIV tests for New Hampshire residents on Monday, June 27th, National HIV

Testing Day.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the HIV epidemic, the virus that

causes AIDS. HIV is most commonly spread through unprotected sex, sharing

of needles with an HIV-infected person, or transmission from an infected

mother to her baby.

Many strides have been made in the fight against HIV, particularly in the

area of medical treatment. People can live for years with the proper

medication so that HIV, that used to be a death sentence, can now be

considered a chronic illness for those infected. However, to take advantage

of these advances people need to know their HIV status first and early

diagnosis of HIV is still a challenge.

“It is estimated that 21% of the people infected HIV in the United States

don’t know it,” says Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS.

“It is now recommended that everyone over the age of 13 be tested at least

once as part of their routine health care”

On Monday, June 27th multiple sites across New Hampshire will offer a free,

rapid, oral swab test. No appointment is necessary, there is no blood draw

and test result is within 20 minutes. To locate a participating site go to

www.dhhs.nh.gov or call the DHHS HIV/STD Program at 271-4502. For more

information about HIV, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

(CDC) website at www.cdc.gov/Features/HIVtesting/.