National HIV Testing Day is
June 27, 2014

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), held annually on June 27, began in 1995 to promote HIV testing and early diagnosis. The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) originally sponsored the observance. Now the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sponsors NHTD. To maximize testing opportunities, many agencies schedule testing dates before, during or after NHTD.

Download posters:

HIV Testing Day Poster (PDF: 146KB/1 page)
Take the Test - blue (PDF: 151KB/1 page)
Take the Test - yellow (PDF: 226KB/1 page)
Take the Test - faces/ribbon (PDF: 2MB/1 page)
Take the Test - faces (PDF: 407KB/1 page)

On this page:
Background
How Organizations can Participate
HIV/AIDS Facts for Minnesota and U.S.
For More Information

Background

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), held annually on June 27, began in 1995 to promote HIV testing and early diagnosis. The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) originally sponsored the observance. Now the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sponsors NHTD. To maximize testing opportunities, many agencies schedule testing dates before, during or after NHTD.

More than 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the U.S. with about one in five of those that are unaware of their infections. With early diagnosis, individuals can be placed in treatment and care resulting in better health outcomes. Persons in treatment had a 96% reduction in transmission rate compared to persons not on treatment. “Take the Test, Take Control” is this year’s theme.

How Organizations/Clinics Can Participate

Organizations and clinics may wish to provide or host activities that can help raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and provide HIV testing opportunities within their communities.

Activities that community clinics and organizations may choose to provide or host is:

  • HIV testing allowed on a walk-in basis;
  • HIV testing clinics expand their testing hours for a day or week;
  • Rapid HIV testing opportunities arranged at community events;
  • Electronic communication through social media outlets and web pages about HIV  prevention, testing and treatment;
  • Articles/editorials/news releases in newspapers, newsletters, bulletins and online blogs about HIV testing;
  • Street and community outreach to provide referrals for HIV testing; and,
  • Public exhibits to distribute HIV testing education materials and provide incentives to get tested.

HIV/AIDS Facts For Minnesota and U.S.

CDC estimates: Over 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV and about one in five of this total are unaware of their HIV infection.

In Minnesota, cumulatively as of December 31, 2013:        

  • 10,409 HIV infections reported to MDH;
  • 3,558 have died; and,
  • 7,723 people are estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS in Minnesota.

In Minnesota, 301 cases of HIV infection reported in 2013 – a 4% decrease from 2012 when 314 diagnoses were reported:

  • Nearly 1 in 3 new cases already had AIDS or nearly so at the time they were tested in 2013 (Late testers)
  • Since 2004, 38% of African-born, 24% of African Americans, 28% of whites and 39% of Latinos were “late testers”
  • Persons who test late will miss years of beneficial treatment and may have spread the disease to others

The MDH surveillance data is available online.

For More Information and Resources

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 443 H
Washington, D.C. 20201
1-800-232-4636; TTY: 1-888-232-6348
Email: cdcinfo@cdc.gov
National HIV Testing Day: AIDS.gov

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Updated Monday, May 12, 2014 at 03:31PM