Wednesday is national HIV testing day

June 26, 2012 in Medicine & Health / HIV & AIDS
Wednesday is national HIV testing day
CDC urges all people between the ages of 13 and 64 to get tested at least once.

(HealthDay) -- More than 1 million people in the United States are living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, but 20 percent of them don't know they're infected.

Federal health officials are urging everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 to get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care.

And there's no better time to start than Wednesday, June 27 -- National HIV Testing Day.

The U.S. recommends annual testing for people at higher risk of , including intravenous drug users, gay and , or people who have multiple sex partners. Sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from even more frequent testing -- perhaps every three to six months, the CDC said.

The CDC also urges pregnant women to get tested early in their pregnancy so they can take the steps necessary to keep from passing HIV to their babies.

As part of National HIV Testing Day, the CDC recommends:

More information: To learn more about HIV/AIDS, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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