It’s June. School’s out. But this week, across the country, everybody should be taking a test. This week is National HIV Testing Week, a week of testing sponsored by various local organizations, the CDC and the National Association of People with AIDS to encourage HIV status awareness.
This nationwide movement to learn about our status is not only imperative but empowering. According to the CDC, nearly “250,000 of the one million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States are unaware of their status.” Getting tested is the key to solving this discrepancy. As The Black Eyed Peas would say, GOTTA GET THAT.
Being the great city that it is, Boston is doing its part. Our local organizations are pushing us to take the test. In fact, the AIDS Action Committee is hosting a dialogue on HIV testing in Massachusetts coffee and conversation-style on June 24, 2009 from 12:30-2 pm at 294 Washington St. If you’re here for the summer, you should definitely check it out. They’re going to be talking about increasing routine testing, questions of written informed consent and how we can better implement those recommendations made by the CDC.
If you can’t handle a whole week of testing celebration, just know that National HIV Testing Day is June 27th.
Either way we hope that you get your awareness on this week!
Sarah and Shannon