For Immediate Release
June 22, 2012

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

National HIV Testing Day June 27

Events Planned Throughout Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. - National HIV Testing Day is June 27. The theme this year is HIV Testing for an AIDS-Free Generation. Communities observe this day in an effort to raise awareness that HIV and AIDS affect people from all demographics, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) encourages all Kansans to get tested for HIV. Knowing your HIV status now and getting proper healthcare if you are HIV-positive is much better than finding out too late. Find HIV counseling and testing sites near you at http://www.hivtest.org.

“The first step in preventing HIV from becoming AIDS is to be tested and be tested early in the infection,” said Brenda Walker, Director, KDHE’s Bureau of Disease Control and Prevention. “In 2010, 22 percent of the newly diagnosed HIV cases in Kansas were also AIDS diagnoses. Those who first learn of their HIV status when they already have AIDS are less likely to be able to keep their immune systems healthy long term. Testing is crucial for people who are at risk for acquiring HIV. Knowing your HIV status is critical.”

Organizations throughout Kansas will offer HIV testing events in observance of National HIV Testing Day. Some of these events include:

National HIV Testing Day

For more information about awareness events in Kansas, please contact Jamie Anderson, HIV Counseling and Testing Director janderson@kdheks.gov or Travis Barnhart, HIV Prevention Director, at 785-296-1037 or tbarnhart@kdheks.gov. Visit http://www.aids.gov/awareness-days/national-hiv-testing-day for more info on National HIV Testing Day.