• National HIV testing day

    Posted on June 28, 2010 by in Featured

    June 27th was National HIV testing day and even though we’re past that date, it’s never too late to get tested.  So, why would a site about seniors aging in place, be talking about HIV testing?

    Did you know that:

    According to a 2008 report released by the CDC, the number of people aged 50 years and older living with HIV/AIDS has been increasing.  In 2005 people 50 and older accounted for

    • 15% of newly diagnosed HIV/AIDS cases
    • 24% of people living with HIV/AIDS
    • 35% of all deaths of people with AIDS
    • The incidence of HIV/AIDS among people 50 and older is 12 times greater among blacks and 5 times greater among his Hispanics

    The following is information obtained from National Association of people with AIDs website.

    The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) started National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) in 1995.  Each year, on June 27, the National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA), in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Prevention Information Network (NPIN), and other national and local entities across the country organizes National HIV Testing Day. This unique initiative sends the message to those at risk from those already living with HIV that there are powerful reasons for learning one’s HIV status.

    NAPWA was one of the first AIDS organizations to advocate that people at risk of infection should seek out voluntary HIV counseling and testing. As people living with HIV/AIDS, we knew that knowledge of HIV status was essential to making informed decisions about our lives. We took this one-step further in 1995 by launching the National HIV Testing Day campaign.

    National HIV Testing Day was developed in response to the growing number of HIV infections in communities of color and other heavily impacted communities. Today, CDC estimates approximately 250,000 Americans are living with HIV but unaware of their HIV status.  NAPWA believes voluntary HIV counseling and testing is a critical first step in taking control and responsibility over one’s health. NHTD promotes our message “Take the Test, Take Control” to a demographically diverse audience and numerous communities nationwide.

    Sources:  aidsinfonet.org, the CDC,
    National Association of people with AIDs