About National HIV Testing Day
Each year, on June 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), AIDS.gov, and other national and local entities across the country organize National HIV Testing Day to encourage people of all ages to get tested for HIV and to know their status.
National HIV Testing Day was launched in 1995 by the National Association of People with AIDS in response to the growing number of HIV infections in communities of color and other heavily impacted communities.
Too many people don't know they have HIV. At the end of 2014, an estimated 1.1 million persons aged 13 and older were living with HIV infection in the United States, including an estimated 166,000 (15%, or 1 in 7) persons whose infections had not been diagnosed.
Getting tested is the first step tofinding out if you have HIV. If you have HIV, getting medical care and taking medicines regularly helps you live a longer, healthier life and also lowers the chances of passing HIV on to others.