FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KDHE Office of Communications
TOPEKA, Kan. – The theme for this year’s National HIV Testing Day, June 27, is “Take the Test, Take Control.” 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 1 million people are living with HIV in the United States and one in five don’t know they are infected.
In 2010, there were a total of 2,750 people in Kansas living with HIV/AIDS. “The first step in preventing HIV from becoming AIDS is to be tested as soon as possible,” said Brenda Walker, Director, KDHE’s Bureau of Disease Control and Prevention. “We encourage Kansans to take advantage of the testing sites offered year-round, as well as those promoted on National HIV Testing Day.”
To find HIV counseling and testing sites near you visit http://www.hivtest.org. Organizations throughout Kansas will offer HIV testing events in observance of National HIV Testing Day. Some of these events include:
Kansas City Metropolitan Area
For more information about awareness events in Kansas, please contact Stephanie Green, Testing and Technical Assistance Program Manager firstname.lastname@example.org, or Travis Barnhart, HIV Prevention Program Manager, email@example.com. Visit http://aids.gov/news-and-events/awareness-days/hiv-testing-day for more info on National HIV Testing Day.