Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

HIV testing promoted in P.A. and across the province

HIV testing promoted in P.A. and across the province

The theme for this year is "Doing it my way, Testing for HIV", reminding individuals that, "it doesn't matter where, when, or how... as long as you do it!"

Knowing our HIV status can also help protect future partners. And according to a report, over 3,600 African-American men in Detroit are living with HIV.

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There are several ways to test for HIV, but the most common one is testing the antigens or antibodies in the blood or oral fluid. For information on HIV testing, HIV care and sexual health services in our community, contact Jennifer Howell, Sexual Health Program Coordinator, at 775-328-6147. "Since it will not go away on it's own, it is important to get tested and know your status". Health care providers and public health practitioners need to improve efforts to regularly screen all patients for HIV infection and to keep high risk individuals engaged in annual screenings for the infection.

People at risk of HIV exposure can find out in less than a minute Wednesday if they have the virus. Addressing HIV stigma is central to ending the HIV epidemic because when people experience stigma, they are less likely to access HIV testing, adopt safe behaviors, or be adherent to their HIV medication. Representing the federal government, he said they were "deeply committed to ending new HIV infections".

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"We're trying to encourage people to come in for testing", continues Fredrickson. An estimated 15 percent of people infected don't know it because they have never been tested. "Our Client Appreciation Day is open to anyone who wants to be tested and we are here to help you at Matrix".

"You'll die from a vehicle crash before you [die of] HIV if you're compliant and you take your medications". Daily PrEP use can lower the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90% and 70% for injection drug users. Fort Lauderdale also made the list of top 10 US cities for the rate of new HIV diagnoses.

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Chamberlin said the agency hopes to know in the near future if funding will be made available to offer the testing in 2019.

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