June 27 is National HIV Testing Day
In honor of National HIV Testing Day, Health Connection of Pace Community Action Agency encourages you to get tested for HIV. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS, and the only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. Many people with HIV don’t have any symptoms. In the United States, 1 in 8 people living with HIV do not know they have it.
HIV testing is available year round at all Health Connection locations. For more information or to schedule an appointment call (812) 882-6069 Vincennes, (812) 254-6936 Washington, or (812) 234-0707 Terre Haute. You can also visit ActAgainstAIDS and enter your ZIP code or text your ZIP code to KNOWIT for other locations near you.
Even if you don’t feel sick, getting early treatment for HIV is important. Early treatment can help you live a longer, healthier life. Treatment can also make it less likely that you will pass HIV on to other people.
Am I at risk for HIV?
HIV is spread through some of the body’s fluids, like blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and breast milk. HIV is passed from one person to another by:
• Having sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) without a condom or dental dam with a person who has HIV
• Sharing needles with someone who has HIV
• Breastfeeding, pregnancy, or childbirth if the mother has HIV
• Getting a transfusion of blood that’s infected with HIV (very rare in the United States)
Angie Graber, Pace Nurse Practitioner stated, “It no longer matters where you live, how much money you have, or how old you are; you could be at risk.”ß