This month is the inaugural National HIV Awareness month, marking a new opportunity to raise awareness about the HIV epidemic in the United States. The CDC estimates that nearly 1.2 million Americans are currently living with HIV and that approximately 50 million Americans will contract the virus each year. What’s more, one in five people with the virus is unaware of their HIV status.
National HIV Awareness month aims to reduce the stigma that those living with HIV or AIDS often face, as well as to strengthen efforts against the spread of the virus. There are many ways to participate in this month: getting yourself tested for HIV and other STIs, HIV education, vigils, walks, displays, conferences and more. To learn more about how to participate, visit http://www.nationalhivawarenessmonth.org/
Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota offers rapid HIV testing throughout all its health centers. This simple HIV test uses oral swab of a cheek and makes it easier than ever to know your HIV status and protect the sexual health of yourself and your partner.
Moira, Web Correspondent, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Datoka