Thursday is National HIV Testing Day

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Thursday is National HIV Testing Day

This year's annual observance is going with the theme "Doing It My Way".

People at higher risk should get tested more often.

MDHHS is recognizing National HIV Testing Day through a series of events and observations conducted by community partners throughout the state.

More than one million people are living with HIV in the USA, and about 15 percent of these individuals don't know they have it. HIV is preventable and treatable.

Genesee County Health Department is joining Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "Act Against AIDS" initiative and encouraging everyone to take the #DoingItMyWay pledge to get tested for HIV in 2019. According to the Indiana State Department of Health, there were 419 new cases of HIV in Indiana reported in 2018, and approximately 6,357 people now living with HIV.

The Indianapolis Urban League will have a mobile unit traveling for HIV Testing Pop-Up's throughout Marion County on Thursday, as well. Learn more about HIV risk at cdc.gov/hivrisk. Using condoms correctly and consistently also helps to protect against pregnancy and other sexually transmitted infections, such as syphilis, gonorrhea or chlamydia.

Genesee County Health Department will be offering the gift card drawing to those who receive an HIV test at its Sexual Health Clinic, located at G-3373 S. Saginaw St.in Burton between the hours of 8 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 4 p.m.

Testing at the LGBTQ+ Cultural Center on the Indiana University Bloomington campus from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.at 705 East 7th Street.

"HIV testing is the essential entry point to a continuum of prevention, health care and social services that are central to managing HIV and promoting health among all people living with HIV", said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health.

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