National HIV Testing day occurs annually on June 27th of each year. The following materials will assist with the awareness and participation with community events, trainings or testing opportunities on behalf of National HIV Testing Day.
- Download PDF version of this fact sheet formatted for print: National HIV Testing Day Fact Sheet (PDF: 26KB/1 page)
- Calendar of Events
HIV Testing Day Poster 2012 (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)
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.
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.
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, 2012:
- 10,112 HIV infections reported to MDH;
- 3,459 have died; and,
- 7,516 people are estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS in Minnesota.
In Minnesota, 315 cases of HIV infection reported in 2012 – one new report every 28 hours:
- Nearly 1 in 3 new cases already had AIDS or nearly so at the time they were tested in 2012 (Late testers)
- Since 2003, 39% of African-born, 30% of African Americans, 27% of whites and 26% of Latinos were “late testers”
- Persons who test late will miss years of beneficial treatment and may have spread the disease to others
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
National HIV Testing Day: AIDS.gov
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