National HIV Testing Day
Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Wednesday and we have almost made it through the middle of another work week. I hope you are having a safe and great week so far. It is another incredibly busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.
Today is also National HIV Testing Day! Dab the AIDS Bear was at HIV testing events around the United States with our Ambassador of Hope. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Ambassadors of Hope for all their hard work. It is because of our Ambassadors that Dab the AIDS Bear's 31 year message of hope, love and compassion for people with HIV and AIDS is spread to the four corner of the planet.
National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), June 27, is an annual observance to promote HIV testing. The National Association of People with AIDS Exit Disclaimer (NAPWA) founded the day in 1995 and continues to be the lead for this observance.
This is a particularly important time for YOU to get involved! Take the Test, Take Control.
The following is a statement for President Obama about National HIV Testing Day:
National HIV Testing Day highlights the importance of HIV testing and the fight against HIV/AIDS. Of the over 1.1 million Americans living with HIV, more than 200,000 are unaware of their infection, and may unknowingly be transmitting the virus to others. Knowing your HIV status is a vital step toward accessing life-extending treatment for HIV, and thanks to ongoing research, that treatment is more effective than ever.
In July 2010, my Administration released the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which emphasizes the goals of reducing infections, improving health outcomes, and reducing HIV-related health disparities. Two years into its implementation, the Strategy continues to focus Federal, State, and local efforts on improving the delivery of HIV/AIDS services, including expanding outreach, testing, linkage to care, and treatment.
Testing remains a special priority – and thanks to quick and accurate tests, finding out your HIV status has never been easier. The Affordable Care Act now requires many health insurance plans to provide recommended preventive health services with no out of pocket costs, giving millions of Americans better access to HIV testing. Another CDC program, the Expanding Testing Initiative, has conducted 2.8 million tests in its first three years. Together, these and other efforts will help prevent new infections and ensure that people living with HIV lead healthy lives – moving us towards our goal of an AIDS-free generation.
While researchers and scientists continue to try to find a vaccine and cure for HIV, it is important for anyone that is sexually active (even if you think you are in a monogamous relationship) to get tested for HIV twice a year!
I look forward to the day after a cure is found and I can say to someone... "Remember HIV and AIDS. I sure am glad no one has to worry about that anymore!"
Hope you have a safe and great hump day!
Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.
big bear hug,