June 27th is National HIV Testing Day For Immediate Release June 23, 2015; 12:45pm DPHSS

Release No. 2015-054

June 27th is National HIV Testing Day

In observance of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) on June 27th, the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) encourages the public to know their human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) status.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 years get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care, and that individuals with certain risk factors get tested more often. People with more than one sex partner, people with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and people who inject drugs are likely to be at high risk and should get tested at least once a year. Sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from even more frequent testing, depending on their risk.

In addition, if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, CDC recommends HIV testing with each pregnancy, both for your own benefit and to reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to your baby.

Between 1985 through 2014, there have been a total of 253 HIV infections diagnosed in Guam, including 6 cases that were diagnosed in 2014.  The CDC estimates that 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV infection today, and that one in seven is unaware of his or her infection.

The only way to know your status is to get tested.  Anyone may obtain a free HIV test at the STD/HIV Program offices Monday through Friday (8:00 am – 5: 00 pm) at the Mangilao DPHSS facility or Monday/Thursday (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) at the Dededo DPHSS facility. 

For information about NHTD, or about HIV/STD-related services available on island, contact the Guam AIDS Hotline at 734-AIDS (2437) or visit the Prutehi Hao website at prutehihao.guam.gov.

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