Know your status

An estimated 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV, including 156,300 people who do not know they are infected. Each year, nearly 45,000 people are diagnosed with HIV, and 30% of new HIV infections are transmitted by people who are living with undiagnosed HIV.

The US Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. A general rule for any one with risk factors is to get tested annually. Additionally, sexually active men who have sex with men gay may benefit from getting an HIV test more often, perhaps every 3 to 6 months.

Today is National HIV Testing Day.  Do you know your status?

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the ramblings of a medical professional by day, judgmental ginger by night
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