Get tested: National HIV Test day is June 27

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In the United States, nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV, and almost one in five don’t know they are infected. Getting tested is the first step to finding out if you have HIV. If you have HIV, getting medical care and taking medicines regularly

In the United States, nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV, and almost one in five don’t know they are infected. Getting tested is the first step to finding out if you have HIV. If you have HIV, getting medical care and taking medicines regularly helps you live a longer, healthier life and also lowers the chances of passing HIV on to others.

To find a testing site visit http://hivtest.cdc.gov.

Nearly two weeks after getting tested, tune in to “ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America” –– a groundbreaking new two-hour documentary airing on PBS July 10 at 8 p.m. CT –– explores one of the country’s most urgent, preventable health crises—uncovering the layered truth about how and why HIV is so much worse in black America and revealing how prejudice, silence and stigma have allowed the virus to spread deep into the black community.

The program features personal stories from people with HIV, Magic Johnson, civil rights pioneer Julian Bond, health workers, activists and black pastors around the US.

Copyright 2012 Chicago Defender

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