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National HIV Testing Day

June 24, 2022

Miami, FL – June 27th is National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), a day to emphasize and encourage
HIV testing. The NHTD theme for 2022 is “HIV Testing is Self-care.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending HIV testing for every person
between the ages of 13-64 at least once as part of routine health care. As outlined in the federal
government’s Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative, HIV testing is critical in diagnosing HIV,
identifying acute infections, and referring to HIV treatment or prevention options such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily pill that is highly effective in preventing HIV acquisition.

Ensuring that people know their HIV status is the first step in getting connected to HIV care and
treatment for those who are HIV-positive. People with HIV who take medication as prescribed and
maintain viral suppression are known to have improved health outcomes.

“HIV testing is the first step to end the HIV epidemic in the United States. Today, there are more
free, easy, fast, and confidential HIV testing options available than ever before, including HIV at-home self-tests, visit to access testing options in Miami-Dade County,” said Yesenia
Villalta, DNP, MSN, APRN, Administrator/Health Officer, Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County.


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