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2018 HIV Testing Day

Posted on June 25th, 2018

In honor of National HIV Testing Day on June 27th, GNR Health Departments is encouraging you to get tested for HIV. We’ll be highlighting the Doing It My Way Campaign from the CDC. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS. The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. Many people with HIV don’t have any symptoms. In the United States, 1 in 8 people living with HIV don’t know they have it.  Even if you don’t feel sick, getting early treatment for HIV is important. Early treatment can help you live a longer, healthier life. Treatment can also make it less likely that you will pass HIV on to other people.

Am I at risk for HIV? HIV is spread through some of the body’s fluids, like blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and breast milk. HIV is passed from one person to another by:

  • Having sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) without a condom or dental dam with a person who has HIV
  •  Sharing needles with someone who has HIV
  • Breastfeeding, pregnancy, or childbirth if the mother has HIV
  • Getting a transfusion of blood that’s infected with HIV (very rare in the United States)

In conjunction with National HIV Testing Day, free HIV testing is also available at our testing centers and health clinics.

 

This Wednesday on June 27th, we are hosting a special HIV testing event. Visit us to get tested, questions answered, and the most up-to date information.

Special event at Walgreens on 5985 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners, GA from 10AM-7PM

For more information, visit the Gwinnett Health Department website at www.gnrhealth.com or call us at 770.339.4260