Wednesday is National HIV Testing Day

HIV Spike in Humboldt County; Testing Is Important, Says Health and Human Services

HIV Spike in Humboldt County; Testing Is Important, Says Health and Human Services

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all people ages 13-64 get tested at least once. Screenings can take from half an hour to an hour, and include questions about sexual health, mental health and substance abuseas well as discussion about how to reduce risk of acquiring HIV.

Dix said there are an estimated 7,271 people living with HIV in B.C.

This annual event, which has been held for 10 years in the month of June, is the ministry's contribution to the regional initiative in encouraging people to get tested for HIV. Young people are the most likely to be unaware of their HIV infection. Free testing will be available for HIV, Hepatitis C, Syphilis, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.

It's that statistic that lead activists to designate June 27th National HIV Testing Day in the US, mobilizing nonprofits, health agencies and businesses across the state to raise awareness about testing and treatment. In 2015, roughly five out of every 100,000 British Columbians were newly diagnosed with HIV. The rapid HIV test, with a simple finger poke, will provide HIV results in 30 minutes and can detect the HIV virus 14-15 days after infection.

"It is important that people get tested, know their status, and get treated to stop HIV from spreading".

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Turning Point will join more than 40 community based HIV/AIDS organizations across Canada to deliver the country's first national HIV Testing Day.

Ms Golda Asante, the Technical Support Coordinator of the GAC, said the RAC had been in existence since 2003 and commended all those who had dedicated their time and resources in the HIV and AIDS response.

"There are more options than ever to prevent and treat HIV", said Tina Hoff, Senior Vice President and Director, Health Communications and Media Partnerships at the Kaiser Family Foundation, which leads Greater Than AIDS.

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