World AIDS Day

Honor those we've lost with an HIV test.

World AIDS DayInternationally, since 1988, December 1st has been recognized as World AIDS Day. It is a time for everyone to unite in the fight agains HIV/AIDS, support those living with the disease, and commemmorate thsose we've lost.

An estimated 34 million people are living with HIV with 1.6 million adult and children deaths, last year alone. The progress we've made in developing countries has dramatically slowed the progress of this pandemic, but our work is far from over.

World AIDS Day is a reminder to take control of your health by getting an HIV test. It's quick and easy with an oral swab that takes 20 minutes to give results. Best of all, HIV testing is available to every Vermonter free of charge. Throughout the process, a trained clinician will ensure you know the risks, teach you how to protect yourself and provice access to valuable services.

A lot has changed since the days when little was known about HIV. In the early 80s, with no testing available, infections spread quickly. Today we know that you can protect yourself by wearing a condom and not sharing needles or works. We also know that regular HIV testing gives you power. If you know you have HIV, you can take medications to stay alive and take precautions to prevent spreading the virus to others.

Check the maps on our testing pages and locate testing site near you.

World AIDS Day Look around our site and educate yourself on HIV and STD prevention. Make STD testing part of your healthcare routine.

Feel free to contact us with comments or questions. We are committed to providing you the information you need to stay healthy.

HIV testing is easy

The CDC recommends STD testing for all persons ages 16-64. Testing is free, confidential, quick and easy. You can find locations all around Vermont. No referral or insurance is needed to get care and care is available through the Fletcher Allen Health Care Comprehensive Care Clinics.Uncle Sam wants you to get an HIV test.

Having HIV doesn't mean you have AIDS, but without care and treatment, it can lead to AIDS. You have to get tested to know if you have it. Testing is smart, responsible and protects you and your sexual partners.

Read Deborah L. Kutzko, A. P. R.N.'s Fletcher Allen Health Care blog post on National Health Care Testing Day.

 

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