June 27 is National HIV Testing Day, a day to get the facts, get tested, and get involved!
Around 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and one in eight people don't know they have it. Nearly 45,000 people find out they have HIV every year.
HIV testing is the gateway to prevention and care.
- People who test negative have more prevention tools available today than ever before.
- People who test positive can take HIV medicines that can keep them healthy for many years and greatly reduce their chance of passing HIV to others. Learn more about living with HIV.
More than 90% of new HIV infections in the United States could be prevented by testing and diagnosing people living with HIV and making sure they receive early, ongoing treatment.
Find more information about HIV testing, and who should be tested, on CDC's HIV Testing Basics web page.
What Can You Do?
Get the Facts. Learn about HIV, and share this lifesaving information with your family, friends, and community. Tell them about the importance of making HIV testing a part of their regular health routine.
Get Tested. Knowing your HIV status gives you powerful information to help keep you and your partner healthy.
CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. People with certain risk factors should get tested more often. Learn what those risk factors are and how often you should be tested.
To find a testing site near you:
- visit ActAgainstAIDS,
- text your ZIP code to KNOWIT (566948), or
- call 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636).
You can also use a home testing kit available in drugstores or online.
Get Involved. CDC offers many resources to help you raise awareness about HIV testing in your community. Doing It is a new national HIV testing and prevention campaign designed to motivate all adults to get tested for HIV and know their status. Join Doing It on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, share videos of volunteers, community leaders, and celebrities explaining why they're getting tested, and download posters and other materials.