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Are You Positive You’re Negative?

June 27 is HIV Testing Day

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Have you gotten an HIV test lately?  Nearly a quarter of a million people in the U.S. don’t know that they are HIV positive, and one-third of those who are diagnosed have been infected so long that they develop AIDS within one year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).    

June 27 marks National HIV Testing Day, and it’s a great reason to go out and get tested.  You can find a free or low-cost test site in your area by calling a hotline at 1-800-232-4636 or using the web-based resources listed on the CDC website at http://www.hivtest.org/ .  If you’re HIV positive, early diagnosis and treatment offer the best hope for a long and healthy life.  

To promote HIV testing, Greater Than AIDS, an initiative co-founded by the Black AIDS Institute and the Kaiser Family Foundation, is sharing real life stories through the “I Got Tested Campaign.”  Billboards, eco-posters, bus and rail posters will be displayed throughout the month of June in 21 major cities.  

Celebrities including Samuel L. Jackson, Jason George, Jessie Williams, Nadine Ellis and Dennis Haysbert from shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Let’s Stay Together, The Client List, 24/Fox and others are appearing in TV and radio spots promoting HIV Testing Day and encouraging people to get tested.   

To see how you can get involved, click here .