National HIV Testing Day (NHTD)

On June 27, 2022, we stand in solidarity to celebrate National HIV Testing Day (NHTD). Beginning in 1995, National HIV Testing Day became a significant event, as it raised awareness about HIV/AIDS and strongly encouraged everyone to get tested. Today, we continue to work towards that goal. The earlier a reactive result is detected, the earlier you can be linked to HIV care.  Early detection and early initiation of treatment is the key to a better quality of life if you are exposed.

This year’s theme is "HIV Testing is Self-Care”. Self-Care is defined as "the ability of individuals, families, and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a health care provider.” HIV testing is self-care because knowledge of status is the gateway to engaging in prevention or treatment services that enable individuals, regardless of their status, to live a long and healthy life. Explore the following link for free testing services near you. https://kirpky.wordpress.com/find-services/ 

For our local partners and healthcare providers, continue to empower your community on National HIV Testing Day. Promote testing, educate about prevention and reduce stigma related to HIV.

Though National HIV Testing Day is observed on June 27, free HIV testing is available at the Clark County Health Department throughout the year. Please contact Valerie Holbert at (859)774-4482 for additional details.

Article submitted by Jennifer Burchett, Clinic Nurse Administrator 
References: www.cdc.gov; www.hiv.gov; www.KIRPKY.com