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 Wednesday, June 27th, National HIV

Testing Day.

This year marks the 31st 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, which 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 1 in 5 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 ages 13 to 64 be tested at least once as part

of their routine health care.”

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

HIV testing. There is no blood draw needed, and the results are available

within 20 minutes. To locate a participating site go to www.dhhs.nh.gov  or

call the DHHS Infectious Disease Prevention, Investigation and Care Section

at 603-271-4502. For more information about HIV, visit the Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at