Today is National HIV Testing Day

Thu. June 27, 2013 9:04 AM by News Staff

Free HIV testing across the country on National HIV Testing Day

Chicago, IL - Thursday, June 27 is the eighth National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), a day dedicated to encouraging people to get tested for HIV. 

As of 2009, an estimated 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV, including 207,000 (18%) who do not know they have the virus. In 2011, there were more than 25,000 people living with HIV in Chicago; slightly less than half of which (47%), have not progressed to AIDS, according to the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). 

"Today is a reminder of how vitally important testing is," CDPH Commissioner Bechara Choucair, M.D., told "Testing makes a difference because knowing your status makes a difference. When you know your status, you can receive the treatment you need to live a long, healthy life and decrease the chances of transmission to others." 

To find an HIV testing site near you, send a text message with your ZIP code to "KNOWIT" (566948) or visit the testing locator at the CDC.

Events will be taking place all over the country with information located at