Today is National HIV Testing Day (NHTD). The goal of NHTD is to help spread awareness and encourage people to get tested for HIV.
Where to Start
HIV prevention starts with education. Check out the HIV/AIDS basics and factsheets to debunk any myths, learn how to reduce your risk, discover symptoms and find out how to get help. An important and simple step to taking control of your health is by getting tested for HIV. You can download the HIV Testing and Care Services Locator app (for Apple devices) or go online to find different test and health centers near you.
How to get Involved
You can help raise awareness about the importance of HIV testing by bringing one of the national campaigns to your community. You can join various national campaigns such as Testing Makes Us Stronger and Let’s Stop HIV Together that are supported by the Centers for Disease Control. On Twitter, use the hashtag #NHTD to show all of your followers that you are observing National HIV Testing Day. For more information and to learn more about events planned throughout the year please visit blog.aids.gov.
Approximately three million Americans are living with hepatitis C and up to 75 percent don’t know they are infected. This puts them at great risk for liver disease, cancer, and death.
A basic blood test can be used to determine if you’ve ever been infected with hepatitis C, and a follow-up test can determine if you’re currently infected.
If you are, there are treatment options available to help prevent the health damages the disease can cause.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone in the United States born between 1945 and 1965 be tested for hepatitis C. CDC also recommends that other populations at increased risk for hepatitis C get tested.
Learn more about hepatitis C, find out if you’re in a high-risk group and learn how you can be tested.
Is a colorless, odorless, deadly gas seeping into your home? Unless you test your home for radon, you’ll never know.
Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, and overall it is the second leading cause of lung cancer. It’s responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year, and about one in 15 homes have elevated radon levels.
Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. It can be found all over the United States, and it can get into any type of building. Take action, and test your home. Test kits are inexpensive and widely available at hardware and home improvement stores. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family.
Learn more about testing for radon in your home during national radon action month.