With World AIDS Day happening this week, it’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with the disease and to commemorate those who have died from it. Did you know that 33.3 million people currently have HIV, and more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history?
Yesterday we asked you if your doctor screens you for HIV, and the majority of you said that he never even asks if you want to be tested, even though the CDC recommends that HIV testing be a standard part of our medical care for every American aged 13–64, and 20% of the almost 1.2 million Americans who are living with HIV are undiagnosed. You might not think so, but if you are sexually active, you are at risk for AIDS. Safe sex includes getting tested, so here’s what you should know:
For more information on World AIDS Day, go to www.ONE.org.