HARRISBURG – As part of national HIV Testing Day June 27, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Calvin Johnson reminded Pennsylvanians of the importance of being tested for HIV on a regular basis.
“Simply knowing your HIV status is one of the most important steps you can take to protect your health and the health of those you love,” said
Johnson. “People who receive an early diagnosis of HIV increase their chances of better health outcomes.”
Nationwide, as many as 350,000 people are infected with HIV and do not know it. An estimated 40,000 Americans become infected with HIV each year. HIV is primarily spread through sexual contact.
HIV testing and counseling are available through health care providers and community organizations. Some offer rapid HIV tests that produce results in as little as 20 minutes.
The Department of Health coordinates statewide HIV/AIDS prevention and service programs and administers activities through contracts with county and municipal health departments and other agencies. For more information, visit the department’s Web site and click on “Health
Topics A-Z.” The site includes a clickable map of HIV testing sites across the state. Information also is available, toll-free, at 800-662-6080.