National HIV Testing Day has a bigger agenda than diagnosing people with HIV. In addition, Washoe County Health District's Sexual Health Program offers free, confidential HIV testing in the community on a regular basis.
The theme for National HIV Testing Day, Doing It My Way, Testing for HIV, underscores that there are many reasons to be tested for HIV and many ways to get the test.
CAN Community Health staff said it's crucial that everyone knows their status. In 2017, studies showed that people living with HIV who were able to maintain an undetectable viral load through antiretroviral medication (ARVs) did not pass on HIV through sex.
"The ones who come forward to test, people see them as being labeled".
"The only thing is, usually, when people go to the doctor, they automatically assume HIV is part of their physical". Northwest Health Services teamed up with the St. Joseph Health Department to provide HIV and Hepatitis C testing.
Keegan said that HIV has fallen off people's radar recently, but the epidemic is not over yet.
An estimated 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV.
Health Wellness at Camp Rehoboth said, "we treat it as a chronic illness and it's really important that you're taking control of your choices so you don't wanna infect anyone else with HIV".
HIV testing is crucial because early detection means people can get earlier treatment, leading to longer, healthier lives. It can also be an opportunity to learn more about prevention tools and strategies that can protect them from HIV, like pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and other prevention services.
Instead of people having their glasses filled at the bar and listening to live music, a partnership turned the club into a clinic in the hope people would be more inclined to go to a less clinical spot for testing. While great progress has been made in prevention and treating HIV, there is still much to do.
Everyone tested will receive a free Meijer gift card while supplies last.
Testing is available through private healthcare providers.
"We do not want people to be fearful of testing and finding out if they are HIV positive", he said.