CDC Encourages Americans to Get Tested for HIV
To increase awareness and encourage Americans to be tested for the virus, the CDC has declared today National HIV Testing Day, and through a special Web site and series of events, the agency is encouraging people to get tested. The CDC estimates that between 800,000 and 900,000 Americans are currently living with HIV and as many as a third of those people are unaware of their HIV status. Nearly 40,000 people are infected with HIV each year and half of those people are under the age of 25. The Web site features HIV/AIDS fact sheets in English and Spanish as well as a list of frequently asked questions about the disease. It also links readers to a national database of HIV testing centers and lists upcoming testing events (HIV Testing Day Web site. 6/27).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.