Wednesday was National HIV Testing Day to raise awareness about the importance of HIV testing and early diagnosis to reduce the stigma around HIV.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone between the ages of 13-64 have at least one HIV test in their life.
People who have unprotected sex or share needles for any reason should be tested at least once a year.
About 1 in 7 people living with HIV don’t know they are infected.
“There’s a stigma surrounding HIV medically,” Jennifer Howell, Sexual Health Program Coordinator for the Washoe County Health District, said. “It can be managed as a chronic disease, but socially there’s a lot of stigma so people don’t necessarily want to ask talk about the risk or ask their providers for testing.”
The Washoe County Health District’s Sexual Health Program offers free testing on a regular basis.
For more information, you can contact Jennifer Howell at (775) 328-6147.
Hamin Abboud, Director of Change Point at Northern Nevada Hopes, said: “With the use of the medications and proper care they can live long healthy life.”
Change Point offers free HIV testing at their Reno location at 580 W. 5th St.
Their June 2018 Calendar can be found below: