National HIV Testing Day

National HIV Testing Day

On June 27, 1995, the first National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) was observed. This is a day to encourage people to get tested for HIV, learn their status, and connect with care and treatment.

The theme for 2022, “HIV Testing is Self-care,” is apt, given the importance of self-care during the COVID-19 pandemic

This year’s theme focuses on the following goals for partners.

  • Testing is key to ending the HIV epidemic.
  • Taking the test is taking care of yourself.
  • Taking care of our loved ones too!
  • Taking care of the wellness of the society

It’s also very important, considering the crucial necessity of individual and community initiatives to improve physical and mental health.

What is HIV AND why HIV Testing is necessary?

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that targets the body’s immune system, which serves as its natural protection against sickness. If HIV is not treated, it might weaken the immune system to the point that it can no longer fight infection. Early testing helps to prevent this advanced stage of the virus, known as AIDS, is lethal and can be prevented.

HIV is a life-threatening disease that can infect people of all ages, genders, and sexual orientations.  Up to one in every seven persons living with HIV remain unaware of their status.

The test is quick and simple: During an HIV test, doctors collect a blood or saliva (swab test) sample for analysis. In about 20 minutes, you’ll know if you have the infection. An HIV test is free.

If your HIV test results indicate that you have the virus, you can get the therapy you need to stay healthy. Antiretroviral medications now allow HIV patients to live long and normal lives.

 When you know your HIV status, you can take precautions to safeguard current and future sexual partners, as well as encourage former partners to be tested.

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