President Donald Trump didn't mention LGBT people in his National HIV/AIDS Testing Day statement.
One week from now, Shepherd will get a phone call if he tests positive for HIV.
For people who are HIV-negative, testing can serve as the gateway to prevention services, such a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for those at high risk.
The Insti HIV 1/HIV 2 rapid antibody test from BioLytical Laboratories has already been used in Ontario and British Columbia.
His passion lines up with a campaign backed by the CDC: Undetectable = Untransmittable. According to HIV.gov, it's a day for people to encourage testing for HIV, a virus spread through body fluids that attacks a person's immune system.
HIV Edmonton, nurses from Streetworks (an outreach group that provides harm reduction and medical care), the Edmonton Men's Health Collective, and the Edmonton STI Clinic all helped make the event happen.
"One of the biggest ways HIV is transmitted is through sharing of needles, not only in DE but there's other states in this area that have seen an increase because people are sharing needles, they're not cleaning them". "So, if you screen for diabetes once a year, you should add in HIV screening". The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that everyone between the ages of 13-64 get tested. "I'm far more than my diagnosis", he said.
You can locate HIV counseling, testing and referral sites by visiting www.KnowYourHIVStatus.com or texting "FLHIV" to 898211. He added that if these people did not have health care, they would have to pay for their own treatment. The most common ways are from unprotected sex, intravenous drug use, or at birth. Approximately 500 people in Ingham County are living with HIV.
"When one in seven may be unaware of their HIV infection, that's a problem", said Murphy.
"A lot of people living with HIV are stating that it's the stigma that kills them now, not the disease", she said. 'We do have a rise especially in our younger population. Matrix Human Services is doing its part to ensure metro Detroiters are tested and aware of NHTD, by hosting a Client Appreciation Day Thursday June 28 from 9-8 p.m.at the Matrix MAC Health in Ferndale (429 Livernois 48220).
Chamberlin said the agency hopes to know in the near future if funding will be made available to offer the testing in 2019.