June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. This is an important day in terms of ending the AIDS pandemic because it is estimated that 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV, and remarkably, one in seven don’t know they are infected.
The theme this year is “My Test, My Way,” which illustrates that HIV testing can be done in different ways and places, including self-testing at home. The theme implies that there ways and opportunities to discuss and perform HIV testing depending on one’s preferences and circumstances. This year, many local health departments and community-based organizations, as well as CDC, are distributing free HIV self-testing kits with funding from the Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative.
Finally, although we have made great strides in reducing the number of newly infected HIV positive people with simpler medications, increasing the use of PrEP, and increasing those affected to achieve treatment goals with an undetectable HIV viral loads which prevents transmission of the virus, we are still seeing new cases. HIV testing is another critical piece to end the AIDS Pandemic.
At Urban Health Plan, Inc., where we received recognition in 2020 and 2021 by the American Academy of HIV Medicine for excellence in HIV care, we offer HIV testing, educations and provide preventative and treatment programs. Get tested today!
Richard Torres, MD, MPH
Associate Medical Director, Community & Public Health
Urban Health Plan