(This post originally appeared HERE on the HRC Blog.)
Today marks National HIV Testing Day, an annual observance to promote HIV testing as part of the fight to end the AIDS/HIV epidemic.
There are events nationwide encourage all Americans to take control and take the test. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that “everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once a year as part of [their] routine health care.” People at increased risk of contracting HIV – “such as gay and bisexual men, injection drug users, or people with multiple sex partners” – are encouraged to get tested every 3 to 6 months.
Getting tested early and often is a crucial step toward ending the HIV epidemic. This is particularly true for those in the LGBT community who are at higher risk of acquiring HIV. For example, research indicates that young black gay and bisexual men may be disproportionately unaware of their HIV status. The CDC explains that those who do not know their HIV status are less likely to get appropriate medical care and less likely to adopt preventive behaviors. This Thursday is the perfect opportunity for you to take control of your health.
Visit the National HIV Testing Day website to find a testing site or event near you.