For Immediate Release
June 22, 2010

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates there are one million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States and approximately 250,000 of them are unaware of their status.  National HIV Testing Day is June 27 and an opportunity for people to learn their HIV status and gain knowledge about the disease.

“Knowledge is essential when it comes to stopping the spread of HIV,” said Roderick Bremby, Secretary of Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). “We encourage anyone who has had a risk for exposure, to please get tested to help stop the spread of HIV. Education, testing, and treatment can help prevent the HIV epidemic.”

In 2009 there were 3,624 individuals living in Kansas with HIV/AIDS.  June 27 provides an opportunity for people nationwide to learn their HIV status and to gain knowledge to take control of their health and their lives. Many services, including counseling, are available for someone who tests HIV positive.

In an effort to increase the accessibility and visibility of HIV testing in Kansas, KDHE’s HIV/AIDS Program launched a Social Marketing Campaign to encourage citizens in the State of Kansas to get tested for HIV.  The Campaign was launched May 15 and includes billboard displays, bus ads, radio spots and online advertising with Facebook. 

“Testing is really the key to prevention,” said Sandra Springer, director of the HIV/AIDS Program at KDHE.  “HIV testing can be conducted through a rapid test with results in about 15 minutes or an oral swab test that doesn’t require any blood.”

To find a testing site near you please visit www.hivtest.org. Initiatives and events planned in recognition of National HIV Testing Day in Kansas include:

Wichita

Salina

Hutchinson

Topeka

Lawrence

Kansas City

Western Kansas

                        Dodge City, 1700 Ave. F. For questions, call 620-225-6821
                        Garden City, 225 N. Taylor For questions, call 620-272-1766
                        Liberal, 311 N. Grant For questions, call 620-624-0463