Thu December 1, 2016
The DuPage County Health Department is encouraging individuals to know their HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) status by getting tested on World AIDS Day, Thursday, Dec. 1. Early knowledge of HIV status provides access to life-extending treatment options. DuPage County residents may be tested for HIV through a number of options including doctors' offices, home-test kits, and at the Health Department's STD (sexually transmitted disease) clinic, which provides screening, counseling, and referrals. Please call (630) 682-7400 for more information or to make an appointment.
AIDS has killed millions of people worldwide and millions more live with HIV, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. An estimated 36.9 million people are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide. Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition.
The theme for World AIDS Day 2016 is Leadership. Commitment. Impact. Learn what you can do to address HIV prevention, treatment, care, and research by visiting AIDS.gov.
World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away - there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.
For information about HIV testing in DuPage County, contact the Health department at (630) 682-7400.