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June 23, 2014

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National HIV Testing Day is June 27

Kansas organizations to hold free HIV testing events

TOPEKA, Kan. – National HIV Testing Day on June 27 is the time to “Take the Test, Take Control”. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV. CDC estimates that more than 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the United States and 1 in 5 don’t know they are infected. Getting tested is the first step to finding out if you have HIV.  If you have HIV, getting medical care and taking prescribed medication regularly helps you live a longer, healthier life and also lowers the chances of passing HIV on to others. In 2012, there were a total of 3,836 people in Kansas living with HIV/AIDS. 

“The first step in preventing HIV from becoming AIDS is to be tested and be tested early in the infection,” said Brenda Walker, Director, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Bureau of Disease Control and Prevention. “Take the test and take charge of your health. Know your HIV Status.”

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

Topeka

Wichita

For more information about awareness events in Kansas, please contact Stephanie Green, STI/HIV Prevention Program Manager sgreen@kdheks.gov. Visit http://aids.gov/news-and-events/awareness-days/hiv-testing-day for more information on National HIV Testing Day.