These numbers are scary. 1,201,100 persons are living with HIV in the United States, 168,300 of them without knowing it. If you believe you've been exposed, if you think you're at risk whatever the reason (unprotected sex, unsterilized needles,...), getting tested as quickly as possible is essential. Yes, waiting for the results is dreadful, but this step has to be taken for two very good reasons. First, you'll know that you'll have to protect your partner. Second, starting a medical treatment within 72 hours of exposure may keep the virus from developing rapidly, giving you a far better chance.
To encourage people getting tested and stay aware that we're far from done with this highly dangerous infection, June 27th has been declared the National HIV Testing Day. Various campaigns will take place all over the country and for the fifth year in a row, Walgreens has teamed up with Greater Than Aids and local partners to offer free HIV testing. Starting this Thursday and for 3 days, more than 150 Walgreens locations across the country (more details here) will provide free HIV testing, helped with trained counselors to guide you through this process.
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