There are 1.1 million US citizens living with HIV and only one in seven are aware of their HIV status.
This means that unless the symptoms emerge, very few people test for HIV. This is due to HIV unawareness, lack of access to test kits, stigma and negligence by healthcare professionals who don’t test for HIV as a routine care test.
We’re making a difference by bringing testing and care.
Making testing easy and accessible
Many HIV testing tools such as the Determine™ by Abbott Pharmaceuticals provide preliminary HIV results within minutes, and many are available at your local community-based HIV organization many times free of charge. Knowing your HIV status and discussing treatment options with your doctor, increases your chances of reducing the viral load in your system.
Promoting awareness through our events
June 21 to June 27 is the National HIV Testing Week (NHTWUS). They provide an opportunity for partners across the US to unite for one week to encourage individuals to become aware of their HIV status and to encourage those that are HIV-positive and are not in care to start a discussion about treatment options with medical professionals.
Educating individuals through our resources
Our organization is unique in its approach to HIV prevention in that we stand in partnership with health departments and communities, advocating for resources and services to meet the needs of individuals living with HIV or at risk for contracting HIV. Through our collaborative approach, engagement in national policy, and peer-to-peer technical assistance, our membership makes strides in developing innovative strategies to improve health outcomes.
Increasing the number of testing locations
As part of NHTWUS core activities, UCHAPS will also showcase local actions that individuals and communities can take to demonstrate their commitments to youth, HIV testing and ending the HIV epidemic by GETTING INFORMATION, TAKING ACTION & INVOLVING ADDITIONAL PEOPLE.
Find a testing center located near you.
The National HIV Testing Week US (NHTWUS) was started in 2014 by UCHAPS, a group of community and governmental representatives who work for evidence-based HIV prevention methods. NHTWUS has grown into a national partnership for HIV testing and rallies up to the National HIV Testing Day which marks the end of the National HIV Testing Week US.
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