Monday, June 8, 2009

Saturday, June 27th is National HIV Testing Day.

Every nine and a half minutes someone in the United States becomes infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. And a lot of people that have HIV don’t know they are infected. There is help and treatment available – which is why it is so important to know if you have HIV.

You don’t have to wait until June 27th to take action. Here are a few ways to find an HIV testing center near you:

1. Visit, the National HIV and STD Testing Resources web site from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Enter your zip code to find a testing center near you. You can also find a lot of accurate information about HIV and the testing process.
2. Call 1-800-CDC-Info (1-800-232-4636). This is the National hotline for the CDC. You can call anytime and someone will answer your questions and help you find a free or inexpensive testing center.
3. Text a nearby ZIP code to “KNOWIT” (566948). If you have a cell phone and use text messaging, you’ll get a text message back with a local testing center (normal text messaging charges apply).

We hope you’ll take a few minutes to find out more about HIV and how to get tested. It’s better to know than to not know.

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