National HIV Testing Day originally began in 1995 through the National Association of People Living with AIDS in an effort to pick a day when organizations, on a national scale, push for people to take an HIV test and know their status. The day is about encouraging individuals to receive voluntary HIV counseling and testing-a main component of decreasing the spread of the virus and ending the AIDS epidemic.
The CDC estimates that about 1 million people in the United States have HIV, the virus that causes AIDS and every nine and half minutes another person is infected with the virus. However, about a quarter of those people are not aware of their status, which can create a dangerous situation for the person and their loved ones.
This year's theme is "Take the Test, Take Control." Whether you have yet to take an HIV test, are well-versed on how HIV is transmitted, need widgets for your site or just want to know what's taking place in your area, there are links to get you updated and involved.
Quilting to Uncover: Women's Stories of HIV/AIDS
It is said that a quilt is like a history book. It tells you about the past and the people that lived then. Today, a group of Southern women dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS have taken the art of quilting to a whole new level with the help of the Internet.
"Silence Is Our Culture"... or Was
When the Coral Life Foundation disbanded in 2002, activists in the south Pacific nation of Guam set out to create another organization that could carry out the community-oriented work in HIV prevention that had been Coral Life's mission and purpose.
African Community Leaders Take HIV Head on
We all know how it goes: an ounce of prevention...
So, after years of working on their own turfs and getting only so far, a group of organizations decided to come together to devise prevention strategies to tackle the debilitating diseases and the rising HIV rates that are disjointing the African immigrant community.
The Long-Lasting Effect of a College "Hook up"
Beyond the books and the rigors of academia, college is often seen as a time of independence, cutting the apron strings and finding yourself.
Here Comes the "AIDS Lady." HIV and African Immigrants
"Here comes the 'AIDS lady!" Carine Siltz, founder of African Advocates against AIDS, in Garner, North Carolina, hears that a lot when she approaches a group of African immigrants to spread her gospel of HIV prevention.
Organizations Step Up, as Need for HIV Services Grows
The church has never shied away from questioning glances about its avant garde practices, offering clinical services, intensive case management, housing and financial assistance as well as nutrition and mental health counseling.
Tackling HIV on College Campuses: An Illinois Experience
It wasn't just about getting tested.
It wasn't just about commemorating a day.
For HIV testing sponsors at Eastern Illinois University (EIU), a different priority topped the list.
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