EDGEWOOD, KY (FOX19) - It has been 30 years since the identification of the illness that would later be known as AIDS. Since that discovery, nearly 600,000 Americans have died as a result of the disease and more than one million are currently living with HIV or AIDS. A frightening statistic to add to these already alarming numbers: nearly one-fifth of all those infected with HIV in the United States are unaware of their status.
“Many new cases of HIV can be prevented through regular testing for the disease,” said Lynne Saddler, MD, MPH, District Director of Health. “A person walking around unaware that he has HIV is putting himself and others at risk, possibly delaying treatment for the disease and unknowingly infecting others.”
Every June, National HIV Testing Day encourages people from all walks of life to get tested.