Contact: Collette DuValle, 317-373-2391
With Marion County experiencing a syphilis outbreak and with many of those same individuals co-infected with HIV, the 2008 HIV Testing Day takes on added significance.
An estimated 300,000 United States residents are HIV positive and do not know it. Local, state and federal health officials use National HIV Testing Day as one way to reach those who have never been tested or who have engaged in high-risk behavior since their last test.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, too many Americans with HIV are diagnosed late in the course of their infection, when they may not be able to fully benefit from life-prolonging treatments. HIV testing can reduce new infections when HIV-positive persons become aware of their status and take the necessary precautions to stop spreading the disease.
Marion County officials will also use National HIV Testing Day to promote the large number of resources available to provide testing, treatment, counseling and other support services to those who are at risk or who have tested positive for HIV/AIDS.
For more information, call 221-TEST.