SPREAD THE WORD, NOT THE VIRUS: KNOW YOUR HIV STATUS
Did you know that every 9.5 minutes someone in the United States is infected with HIV?1
Unfortunately, many of those infected will not be diagnosed in the early phase of the disease -- when they are most contagious -- and may unknowingly spread the virus to others.2 In fact,
more than half of new sexually transmitted HIV cases are due to transmission of the virus from people who are unaware that they are infected.3
Diagnosing HIV in its earliest stages and early management of the virus are essential to living a full, high-quality life and to slowing the spread of HIV.4 Knowing your status by getting tested helps you make decisions about your health and can allow you to help prevent the spread of the virus to your partner. It is critical that you talk to your doctor about the most accurate and appropriate testing options available for you.
To learn more about testing, please click on one of the links below. Get tested today -- for your health, for your partner’s health and for your community. We can’t end AIDS without your commitment to knowing your HIV status.
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About the Need2Know HIV Campaign
The Need2Know HIV campaign aims to equip people with the knowledge to reduce HIV infections and lessen the impact of the virus. Through this effort, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago aims to foster conversation about how the virus behaves and the importance of regular testing. The Need2Know HIV educational program is supported by Abbott. Abbott is not responsible for the comments posted on this page or the content that is linked from the page.
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1Fact Sheet: The HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the United States.” The Kaiser Family Foundation, September 2009.
2Cohen et al. Prevention of HIV-1 Infection with Early Antiretroviral Therapy. New England Journal of Medicine, 2011; 365:493-505.
3Marquez et al. HIV testing: An update, Medical Laboratory Observer, February 2008.
4Marks et al. Estimating sexual transmission of HIV from persons aware and unaware that they are infected with the virus in the USA. AIDS, 2006, 20:1447–1450.
5Stekler et al. Screening for Acute HIV Infection: Lessons Learned, Clinical Infectious Diseases, 2007; 44:459–61.
6Marquez et al. HIV testing: An update, Medical Laboratory Observer, February 2008.
7Cohen et al. Prevention of HIV-1 Infection with Early Antiretroviral Therapy. New England Journal of Medicine, 2011; 365:493-505.