December 1st is World AIDS Day
Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:02:31 EST
Today (Friday, December 1st) is World AIDS Day.
World AIDS Day is held on December 1st each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS, show their support for those living with HIV, and commemorate people who have died from AIDS.
Currently, more than 1.2 million Americans, including over 15,000 Michigan residents, are living with HIV. On average, the disease is spread to 50,000 people in the U.S. every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 90% of new cases could be prevented by testing and diagnosis. People with HIV who do not know that they are infected may spread it to others and will not get the important treatment that can keep them healthy for many years.
The CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13–64 get tested for HIV at least once. Women who are pregnant should be tested to protect their health and to prevent the spread of HIV to their baby. Those with certain risk factors should be tested at least once a year including people with more than one sexual partner and people who inject drugs.
Those interested in getting tested can call their local District Health Department Number Four office for an appointment.