National HIV Testing Day June 27, 2013
Onondaga County Health Commissioner, Cynthia B. Morrow, encourages all Onondaga County residents to learn their HIV status. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one out of five people living with HIV in the United States is unaware of their HIV status. Because many people with HIV do not have symptoms, the only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. Even if you do not feel sick, getting early treatment for HIV is important because early treatment can help you live longer, have a healthier life, and can reduce the spread of HIV.
National HIV Testing Day offers an opportunity for people nationwide to learn their HIV status and to gain knowledge to take control of their health and their lives. On Wednesday, June 26, 2013 the CNY HIV Care Network is sponsoring “National HIV Testing Day” at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center located at 421 Montgomery Street in Syracuse. Free, confidential, and anonymous HIV Rapid Testing will be provided by the New York State Department of Health and AIDS Community Resources from 9:00 am -3:00 pm in Room 80 (located in the basement of the Civic Center).
Did you know?
· Over 1.8 million people have died of AIDS
· Over 34.2 million people are living with HIV/AIDS
· 1.1 million people are currently living with HIV in the US, with approximately 47,500 new infections in 2010
· 84% of new infections in women are heterosexually transmitted
· 57% of all new infections in the US are people between the ages of 13 and 34 years of age
· According to the most recently available data (cases reported and confirmed through December 2010) there were 1,323 total AIDS cases in Onondaga County
· According to the most recently available data (cases reported and confirmed through December 2010) there were 957 individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Onondaga County
· Of the cases reported and confirmed in 2010, there were 41 newly diagnosed HIV cases in Onondaga County
Take the Test and Take Control!