"No longer is HIV a death sentence", says Todd Kisner from the Winnebago County Health Department.
To commemorate National HIV Testing Day on June 27, Walgreens has partnered with health departments, HIV service organizations, and other community groups to provide free testing across the country.
216 to book an appointment to be tested anytime, but booking is not necessary on HIV Testing Day as walk-ins will be welcome the Network said on its event Facebook page. The only way for a person to know for certain if they are HIV-positive is to get tested.
"Travel restrictions on the basis of HIV status violate human rights and are not effective in achieving the public health goal of preventing HIV transmission", said Gunilla Carlsson, UNAIDS Executive Director.
There was a 17 per cent increase in HIV cases in Canada between 2014 and 2017, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in seven HIV positive individuals in the United States are unaware of their status. Using condoms correctly and consistently also helps to protect against pregnancy and other sexually transmitted infections, such as syphilis, gonorrhea or chlamydia.
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Dr. Laura Cheever from the Health Resources Services Administration says this is an opportunity to boost efforts on getting patients with treatment. In 2017, almost 24,000 individuals in Chicago were living with HIV, 15% of whom had not been diagnosed.
"HIV does not discriminate; know your status", said Parrish.
The Canadian AIDS Society wants you to #KnowYourStatus as it holds its second annual HIV Testing Day.
Early detection is also important because treatment with medication can suppress the virus and keep it from spreading, said Warren. He believes strongly that HIV testing is a vital part of HIV health and it helps to reduce HIV stigma.
When: June 27, 8:30-11 a.m. and 1 - 3 p.m. In addition to fast and free HIV testing, there will be helpful information and free counseling on prevention and treatment.