Today, look June 27th, is National HIV testing day. The CDC is now reporting 1.1 million cases of HIV and 500,000 people getting infected each year in the United States. Of those 1.1 million 18 percent do not know they are infected with the disease.
Testing for HIV/AIDS is one of the most efficient ways to keep from transmitting the disease. Knowing your HIV status is a crucial, because if you know you’re infected you may be able to alert your current and previous partners so that they can protect themselves.
African Americans made up about 12 percent of the population. However, they accounted for 44 percent of the new cases of HIV in 2010. Young African American women are the most are far more affect by HIV than any other race of women. At some point in their lifetimes, an estimated 1 in 16 black men and 1 in 32 black women will be diagnosed with HIV infection.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages the public to received testing once a year. They also encourage safe and healthy sex practices, like using a condom with all partners. Lastly the CDC provides the public with information about HIV/AIDS leads to more understanding of how it can affect your life.
Through the CDC’s website for HIV testing the public can find out were to get tested for HIV in their community. Testing is the first step in preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS. Take a quick visit to your local testing area to find out your status.