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Grant Boone
June 28, 2018

In addition, a new study from the CDC shows a significant number of people who have HIV are not aware of their status because the clinicians are not offering testing.

National HIV Testing Day began on June 27, 1995 and what once was weeks of waiting it is now a process that can take only a few minutes.

At Walgreens, My Brother's Keeper and the organization Greater Than AIDS help you with all of that when you get your free screening. "I tested positive myself in 2003, so I have been living with HIV for 15 plus years". For example, as part of their annual wellness check, when beginning a new relationship, when considering conceiving a child, when starting pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), or when they are anxious about a possible exposure to HIV. "So, if you screen for diabetes once a year, you should add in HIV screening".

As nurses, we have an important role to play, regardless of the area of expertise, in promoting prevention, testing, and early treatment of HIV.

National HIV Testing Day has a bigger agenda than diagnosing people with HIV. He added that if these people did not have health care, they would have to pay for their own treatment. Or they may not want to go to that HIV clinic because they may feel stigmatized walking in. "All of those things have been done because we reversed UNC policy to introduce a health card which was to bar those people from getting HIV drugs". People who take medications as prescribed and get and keep an undetectable viral level have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting HIV to an HIV-negative partner.

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There were 125 new HIV diagnoses in Iowa in 2017.

Health practitioners say they've seen a spike in teens and young adults contracting HIV, possibly due to not living through the AIDS epidemic. The most common ways are from unprotected sex, intravenous drug use, or at birth.

According to the CDC, PrEP or Pre-exposure prophylaxis is a daily medicine that can reduce the chances of getting HIV.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all individuals 13-64 years old be tested for HIV at least once during their lifetime, and persons at increased risk for HIV infection be tested at least once a year.

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