One in 8 people living with HIV in the U.S. don’t know they have it. You can help change this — spread the word about National HIV Testing Day on June 27.
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS. Many people with HIV don’t have any symptoms. The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested.
How can National HIV Testing Day make a difference?
We can use National HIV Testing Day to raise awareness about the importance of HIV testing.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Motivate teachers and administrators to talk about HIV prevention and testing in their schools.
- Encourage families to have a conversation about staying protected and getting tested for HIV.
- Work with the local news media to get a story covered about National HIV Testing Day in your community.
How can I help spread the word?
We’ve made it easier for you to make a difference! This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:
Take action to increase awareness about HIV.
- Find out about HIV testing sites and health care services in your community. Help promote these resources by including information in your newsletter or posting information on your website.
- Host a community forum with an HIV educator to talk about the benefits of HIV testing and early treatment.
- Call a local organization that offers HIV testing and ask them how you can help them spread the word about HIV Testing Day.
- Host a fundraising event, like a run or walk, to raise money for a local HIV organization.
- Set an example by getting tested for HIV. Encourage co-workers, family members, and friends to get tested.
Adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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