Have you thought about getting an HIV test lately?
About 20 percent of the 1.3 million Americans living with HIV don’t know they’re infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National HIV Testing Awareness Day today is all about reminding everyone that knowing your HIV status is a good idea.
“Take the test and take control of your health. Knowing your HIV status puts you in greater control,” Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said in a written statement.
The state public health department is encouraging Illinois residents to find the closest free HIV testing site by calling the department’s HIV/AIDS and STD Hotline at 1-800-AID-AIDS (1-800-243-2437).
IDPH’s Text2Survive mobile service also provides free HIV testing locations. Text IL plus ZIP code to
36363. This service is also available in Spanish by texting “CENTRO” plus ZIP code to 36363.
Information about the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District’s Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic and testing: