Obama Cites HIV Testing Day
June 28, 2011
In a statement issued Monday, President Obama called on all Americans to know their HIV status and help halt AIDS. "After years of critical investments in research, prevention and care, we now have the tools to stem the spread of this disease and extend the lives of those Americans living with HIV," he said. "Last July, my administration released a National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States, which commits this nation to reducing new HIV infections, increasing access to care for people living with HIV, and reducing HIV-related health disparities. The strategy's release came amid important scientific advances to help protect the health of people with HIV and prevent further transmission. One in five Americans living with HIV is not aware of their infection, and this research highlights the imperative of making sure people know their HIV status and getting those who have HIV into care. All of us have a responsibility to ourselves and those around us to know our status and reduce our risk. So on this National HIV Testing Day and every day, I encourage every American to join the fight against HIV/AIDS and get tested," the president said.
06.27.2011; David Jackson
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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