NH DHHS - HIV Testing

Have You Been Tested? Know Your Status

Free HIV Tests Available as Part of National HIV Testing Day

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 Thursday, June 27th, National HIV

Testing Day.

This year marks the 32nd 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.

New Hampshire continues to see a low incidence of HIV, but unfortunately

50% of newly diagnosed patients go on to be diagnosed with AIDS within 12

months. This means they are accessing care late and often not until they

are quite sick and possibly too late for treatment. Sixty-six percent of

the people living with AIDS in New Hampshire are 45 years of age or older.

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

area of medical treatment. People can live for years with HIV infection

especially with the proper medication and care. However, it’s important for

people to know their HIV status, be diagnosed early, and get linked to

physician care to help ensure the best health outcomes.

“It is estimated that 1 in 5 people infected with HIV in the United States

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

“Therefore, it is now recommended that everyone ages 13 to 64 be tested at

least once as part of their routine health care.”

On Thursday, 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 near you, go to

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/bchs/std/hivprevention.htm 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