National HIV Testing Day event

ON the occasion of the National HIV Testing Day, The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have urged 48 member countries to remove all forms of HIV-related travel restrictions.

First observed in 1995, NHTD is meant to encourage people to be aware of their HIV status so that they can take control of their health.

But, Cashmore said, that's only possible if a person gets tested and the virus is treated.

Now, researchers are studying where the gaps are in testing, in order to prevent accidental transmissions from people who could be on viral-suppressing drugs, which make HIV untransmittable. Following this announcement, we launched "Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America" through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). More than 6,600 Charlotteans are living with HIV, according to Mecklenburg County Public Health.

We have made great strides in recent years, as new HIV diagnoses have declined significantly from their peak in the 1980s. Eric notes however, that a person must get tested and treated for this standard to apply. Learn more about risk factors at cdc.gov/hivrisk.

You can get tested until 3:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon at the Health Department's outreach trailer located in the department's parking lot at 19th and Carpenter in Des Moines.

On HIV Testing Day, rapid HIV tests will be administered using point-of-care testing kits, where available, which give results in under a minute.

Reseau ACCESS Network and communities across Canada will host the second annual national HIV Testing Day on Thursday at local testing sites in 70 communities across the country. "I call on states to abolish discriminatory policies that require mandatory testing and impose travel restrictions based on HIV status", he added. You can find their 10 Elm Street, Suite 103.

"Typically, African Americans don't access testing services for reasons like medical mistrust and access issues", said Matt Jenkins, HIV/STD community services health manager for Mecklenburg County.

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