National HIV Testing Day; Testing helps keep you and others safe

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Each year on June 27, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) joins its partners in observing National HIV Testing Day. On this day, ADPH especially wants to raise awareness and plan events about the importance of HIV testing and early diagnosis of HIV.

Health officials say the only way to learn whether you have HIV is to be tested. Knowing your status is so important, not just for your health but it also keeps others safe.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 gets tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care.

ADPH encourages HIV testing on not just National HIV Testing Day but every day to ensure people get tested for HIV, know their status, and get linked to care and treatment services.

Health Officials say, this year’s theme, Doing It My Way, highlights how and why people make testing part of their lives – on their terms and in their way. 

Doing It My Way encourages people to share their personal testaments of why testing is important, what motivates them to get tested and stay healthy, and how they get tested – be it at home, at the clinic, or with the company of a friend or loved one.

There are so many ways to get tested for HIV – at home, at the doctor’s office, with a friend. It’s fast, free, and confidential. For the past five years, ADPH has coordinated June 27 National HIV Testing Day events offering free testing at local Walgreens stores.  

This year, participating Alabama Walgreens locations can be located on the map closest to your zip code.  NationalHIVTestingDay

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