Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates there are about 1.1 million
HIV-positive people in the United States. Of that number, the CDC estimates one
in five (21 percent) are unaware of their HIV status.
tested for HIV is a smart thing to do. And it’s easy. Yet many people avoid
getting tested for a variety of reasons. Some may find the idea of getting
tested so frightening they just won’t do it, while others may think HIV testing
is unnecessary because they believe they aren’t at risk.
truth is, anyone can become infected with HIV. Some demographic groups may be
more affected than others, but the risk factors are the same for everyone.
comes to HIV testing, the old cliché “knowledge is power” still holds true.
Knowing your HIV status, whether negative or positive, puts you in the best
position to protect your health and the health of your sexual partners. At
present there is no cure for HIV/AIDS, but there are medications available that
allow HIV-positive individuals to live a normal, healthy life. And being aware
of your HIV status makes it less likely that you will pass the virus to others.
Last Revised: November 17, 2014
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