June 27 is the annual observance of National HIV testing day. The goal of the day is encourage individuals to get tested. Testing is the critical first step in identifying people with HIV and linking them to care and treatment.  Unfortunately, too many people with HIV in the United States remain undiagnosed or are diagnosed too late to receive optimum care. Early diagnosis of the disease is imperative and should be a part of your routine health checkup every year.

In honor of National HIV Testing Day (June 27th), learn about the importance of HIV testing and new testing technologies. It’s our responsibility to learn more about HIV and how to prevent it to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and friends. We can all start doing it by:

  • Educating ourselves on the basics about HIV/AIDS, including information on how to protect ourselves and others at cdc.gov/hiv/basics/index.html
  • Talking about what we learn with our loved ones and people who are important to us.
  • Empowering even more people by sharing the HIV Basics and our new knowledge with our social media followers.

Whether it’s a conversation, text, social media post—we must talk to each other about HIV and how we can prevent it.

Facts about HIV/AIDS in Your Community

  • About 1.1 million people in the United Statesa have HIV. Of those people, 1 in 7 don’t know they have the virus.
  • In 2017, 38,739 people received an HIV diagnosis in the United States and dependent areas.b
  • In 2017, youth aged 13 to 24 made up 21% of all new HIV diagnoses.

HIV can affect anyone regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, gender or age. However, certain groups based on their sexual orientation, gender, race/ethnicity, and age are at higher risk for HIV and merit special consideration because of particular risk factors. Find out more about HIV Prevention challenges by group at cdc.gov/hiv/group/index.html