For the fourth year in a row, the two team up for National HIV Testing Day
More than 1 million people are living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, but an estimated one in six of that number, or more than 180,000 people, doesn’t know he or she has the disease. And, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of those who test HIV positive are diagnosed so late in the course of their infection that they develop AIDS within a year. This delay in diagnosis and treatment denies them the benefit of life-saving antiretroviral therapy. Not surprisingly, only one in four people with HIV in this country has the virus “under control.”
“Despite overwhelming evidence that early diagnosis and treatment play an important role both in the health of those who are positive and in reducing the spread of HIV, many Americans at highest risk for infection still have not been tested,” said Tina Hoff, senior vice president and director of health communication and media partnerships at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a co-founding partner of Greater Than AIDS.
For the fourth consecutive year, Greater Than AIDS and Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, are joining health departments and local AIDS service organizations to offer free in-store HIV testing between June 26-June 28 at select Walgreens in more than 140 cities. Results will be available onsite.