HIV/AIDS testing increases

    It’s World AIDS Day. Do you know your status?

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It’s World AIDS Day. Do you know your status?
     
    December 1 is dedicated to raising awareness about HIV/AIDS around the world. The virus continues to infect new people and claim new lives each day. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1.1 million people in the U.S. have HIV, but 1 in 5 people don’t know they have the virus. 
     
    It is very important to take the fast and easy 20-minute test and know your status. The good news is that the number of people who have gotten tested for HIV has increased. In 2008, the CDC found that Black people were more likely to get tested for the virus than any other group with 62 percent reporting that they had their status checked. Women made up most of those being tested.
     
    In 2006, 40 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 64 said they had gotten tested at least once in their lives. In 2009, that percentage grew to 45 percent. However, there is still work to be done because 55 percent of adults in the same age range said they have never been tested.
     
    If you want to get tested today, visit hivtest.org for testing resources. Worldaidsday.org has plenty of facts and ways to get involved in combating the virus. You can start by wearing a red ribbon, fundraising, and attending World AIDS Day events.

    Of course, one of the best things you can do to stem the spread of HIV and AIDS is to educate yourself and others about disease. And don’t forget the most basic prevention method: practice safe sex–or just be abstinent.
     
    Alicia Keys has already raised $205, 635 for families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa through the Keep a Child Alive initiative. You can donate to the cause at BuyLife.org.

     

     

    – Genet Lakew

     

     

     

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