NHM Health Focus: HIV Testing
According to Health Politics, "A large percentage of U.S. citizens with HIV are unaware of their condition. In fact, out of about 950,000 individuals who are HIV positive, 280,000 or 30 percent dont know it. According to recent statistics, out of those who have been diagnosed with HIV, 1 in 5 already have symptoms of AIDS at the time of diagnosis, reflecting well-advanced damage to their immune systems."
Now in its tenth year, National AIDS/HIV Testing Day (June 27, 2005) is a campaign to encourage individuals to receive voluntary HIV counseling and testing. Research shows that HIV testing saves lives and saves money. HIV testing enables people to take control of their own lives, and to make choices that reduce the spread of HIV and increase their personal chances of a longer, healthier life.
Frequently Asked Questions About HIV and HIV Testing links you to answers to common questions about HIV tests and testing.
Find a testing center near you by searching the National HIV Testing Resources database.
Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum offers the following resources useful for understanding topics HIV and AIDS: