It's that statistic that lead activists to designate June 27th National HIV Testing Day in the USA, mobilizing nonprofits, health agencies and businesses across the state to raise awareness about testing and treatment. Humboldt County recently saw a spike in newly diagnosed cases, and the only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested.
According to the Florida Department of Health, there are now 468 people living with HIV in Bay County.
"With the expanded access to PrEP and PEP, we are making important investments to the publicly funded health system, not only because it is the right thing to do, but also because people depend on us to help them live their healthiest possible lives, and that is something we're committed to do", added Dix. HIV tests can be scheduled by visiting atlas.bcap.org, and both HIV and Hepatitis C testing appointments can be made by calling 303-444-6121.
The department will be offering free HIV testing from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.at 515 W. 6th Street as part of the initiative. We have Starbucks coming out, bringing coffee for our morning testers. Tests are confidential and walk-ins are welcome. This year's theme is "Doing It My Way, Testing for HIV".
JCMC provides health and support services to HIV patients at its Center for Comprehensive Care program located at the Jersey City Medical Center at Greenville, located at 1825 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Early diagnosis and treatment is both beneficial for the health of the person living with HIV, and protects their sexual partners.
Despite these advances, 14 percent of those who are infected, many of them young people, are living with the virus and do not know it and are unintentionally spreading infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The other program is a statewide PrEP Initative to help prevent the spread of HIV through a drug called Truvada.
The idea behind the day is to reduce the stigma.
A study published this month in the journal Lancet HIV found men on the preventive drugs are far less likely to use a condom. Find HIV counseling, testing and referral sites by visiting KnowYourHIVStatus.com or texting "FLHIV" to 898211.