HIV - Get the Facts - GET TESTED - Get Involved
In recognition of National HIV Testing Day on June 27, Health Connection of Pace Community Action Agency urges sexually active individuals to know their HIV status and reminds the community about the available HIV testing services provided through Pace.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV with the number steadily increasing by almost 50,000 every year. One in eight individuals are living with HIV and are unaware they have HIV.
Linda Obaseki, Health Connection Educator stated, “National HIV Testing Day is a reminder to get the facts, get tested, and get involved to take care of yourself and your partners. The earlier in the disease process one finds out they have HIV and begins medical care, the more likely they are to live a long, fulfilling, and healthy life.”
Get the Facts. Knowledge helps you protect yourself against HIV.Understanding the activities that may put you at a higher risk or HIV, helps you make informed decisions.
- Learn the basics about HIV, how to prevent HIV transmission, and the steps you can take to protect yourself and others. (http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/index.html)
Get Tested. The only way to know if you are infected with HIV is to get tested. The CDC recommends:
- Everyone between the ages of 13 - 64 should be tested for HIV during routine health care.
- People with more than one sex partner, people with STDs and people who inject drugs should be tested at least once a year.
- Sexually active gay and bisexual men may require more frequent testing, depending on their risk.
- Pregnant or women who are planning to get pregnant should be tested, with each pregnancy, to reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to your baby.
- If you have been sexually assaulted, you should be tested.
Get Involved. You can get involved by sharing your knowledge of HIV with others, supporting someone living with HIV, or volunteering in your community to increase awareness of HIV. One of the best ways to increase awareness is through personal connections with others.
HIV testing is available at all Pace Health Connection locations. For more information or to schedule an appointment call (812) 882-6069 Vincennes, (812) 254-6936 Washington, or (812) 234-0707 Terre Haute. You can also visit GetTested (https://gettestedcdc.gov/) and enter your ZIP code or text your ZIP code to KNOWIT for other locations near you.
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