Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Medicine | By Debra Reynolds

National HIV Testing Day is Wednesday

National HIV Testing Day is Wednesday

"Regional Testing Day has become a permanent fixture on the calendar of Caribbean countries for the past 11 years and has expanded to more than 21 territories, providing an opportunity for persons to "Know their status" ", said nurse Laura Elniski, HIV Programme Coordinator at the HSA, in a press release. However, people can rest assured that if they test positive, they will receive confidential information on their risks, ways to protect themselves and others, care and treatment referrals, and support by trained and certified counselors and testers.

Dix said there are an estimated 7,271 people living with HIV in B.C.

Seeley says that CAMP Rehoboth has conducted about 500 tests per year since 2004.

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Johnathon Fortune, Team Lead with HIV North Society, says they are hoping everyone can go get tested especially those that are disproportionately impacted by the disease. "There are many, many people in the St. Pete area who are positive and are not in care, so our priority is to get them into care for their own personal health but also to break the chain of infection".

On HIV Testing Day, rapid HIV tests will be administered using point-of-care testing (POCT) kits (where available), which give results in under a minute.

Jersey City Medical Center will host a free community screening event on Wednesday for National HIV Testing Day. It also offers pre-exposure prophylaxis and post-exposure prophylaxis, which are prevention options for people at high risk of getting HIV. "The only way to know for certain if you're HIV-positive is to get tested", said Gary LeCasse, Executive Director of the Canadian AIDS Society.

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The Washtenaw County Health Department promotes health and works to prevent disease and injury in our community.

Transmission rates are highest for people ages 20 to 29, and male-to-male sexual contact and injection drug use are the two most common forms of HIV transmission. If someone is exposed to the virus, it can help keep HIV from taking hold.

According to Florida Department of Health data from 2016, 78 percent of people diagnosed with HIV are men and 22 percent are women.

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