National HIV Testing Day | Florida Department of Health in Leon

DOH Leon observes National HIV Testing Day

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June 24, 2021

Florida Department of Health in Leon County observes National HIV Testing Day 2021

Tallahassee, Florida– National HIV Testing Day (NTSD) is celebrated annually on June 27 to encourage people to be aware of their HIV status so that they can take charge of their health. This year’s NHTD theme, “My test, my wayPoints out that there are many options available when it comes to HIV testing. The Florida Department of Health is joining community partners statewide to help provide all Floridians with access to the right tools to know their HIV status and stay healthy.

In 2019, 4,584 people were diagnosed with HIV in Florida. At the end of this year, 116,689 Floridians have been confirmed living with HIV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that an additional 18,200 Floridians were living with HIV without knowing it.

Everyone 13 to 64 years old should get tested at least once, and some people should get tested more often. Knowing your HIV status is just the start. What you do to stay healthy after this largely depends on your results. Earlier diagnosis of HIV leads to more effective treatment. Getting tested and knowing your HIV status is therefore essential for your health.

“Every time someone gets tested for HIV, we take one step closer to ending the AIDS epidemic,” said Claudia Blackburn, DOH Leon’s health officer. “Learning your HIV status opens the door to powerful HIV prevention and treatment options that could save your life or the life of someone you love.

If you missed an opportunity to get tested for HIV during the COVID-19 pandemic, NHTD is reminding you to make it up. HIV shares many symptoms with other viral infections, like COVID-19, so if you’ve felt sick at any time in the past year, it’s important to talk to your healthcare provider. .

Knowing your status is the first step to effective HIV prevention. People living with HIV who take antiretroviral drugs as prescribed and who achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV to their sexual partners. People without HIV should speak with a health care provider to determine appropriate prevention strategies, which could include taking PrEP, using condoms, and / or regular retesting.

Watch NHTD with us!

The Leon County Florida Department of Health will host the following event:

Date: Saturday, June 26

Event activities: HIV testing / Health screening

Address: 519 W Brevard Street (Time Saver convenience store)

Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Protect yourself. Have it tested. Know your status. Find out more.

We have the power to both prevent and treat HIV. For more information call 850-404-6240 or 1-800-FLA-AIDS or visit KnowYourVIH.comStatus.

About the Florida Department of Health

The Florida Department of Health, nationally accredited by the Public health accreditation office, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

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