What’s Your Status? National HIV Testing Day

In 2015, there were 543 new diagnoses of Indiana residents with HIV, and 78 new diagnoses of AIDS. Nearly a fourth of those newly diagnosed were women. At the end of 2015, approximately 11,700 Indiana residents were known to be living with HIV or AIDS. June 27th is National HIV Testing Day and Indiana health officials urge Hoosiers to learn their HIV status. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 13 percent of people living with HIV do not know their status, nationally. HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, weakens a person’s immune system by destroying cells that fight disease and infection. It can be transmitted sexually, through shared drug injection and through blood, breast milk and other bodily fluids. HIV can progress to a severe condition called acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS. Though there is no cure for HIV, it can be managed long term with proper medical care. Testing and early participation in HIV care are critical parts of managing HIV infections, protecting loved ones from becoming infected, and preventing the spread of disease. HIV can be detected through testing of oral fluids and blood. Individuals who are not infected with HIV but who engage in high-risk behaviors can receive medication that lowers their risk of contracting the virus. Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, can reduce the risk of getting HIV through sexual contact by more than 90 percent and through injection drug use by more than 70 percent. For valuable links and information on testing sites for National HIV Testing Day, Visit this story at WREBfm.com.

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