Michigan Health Centers Increasing Awareness of the Importance of HIV Testing
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Today, more than 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and nearly 1 in 6 (15.8%) are not aware that they are infected. To promote HIV testing and increase awareness of the importance of getting tested, National HIV Testing Day was established in 1995. This year’s National HIV Testing Day is June 27, 2014.
Michigan Primary Care Association has joined with the Michigan Department of Community Health in an effort to increase HIV testing at Michigan Health Centers. Individuals who are tested for HIV and are aware of their status can learn to modify risk behaviors. HIV testing also allows for early detection of the infection, which can lead to critical life-saving care and treatment.
Michigan Health Centers have made great strides in testing more people for HIV. In 2012 (the most recent data available), over 14,000 Michiganders were tested for HIV at a Michigan Health Center, up from 13,042 in 2011 and 12,527 in 2010.
Nationwide, the National Association of Community Health Centers reports that 79% of America’s Health Centers provide HIV testing and counseling. In 2012, Health Centers across the country provided almost 1 million HIV tests to over 1 million patients.
Click here to find resources to promote HIV awareness or find a testing site.