National HIV Testing Day takes on extra importance amid the COVID-19 pandemic

By Peace Corps
June 24, 2021

We observe National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) on June 27 as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create challenges for communities across the nation and around the world. This year’s NHTD highlights the importance of getting tested and knowing your HIV status. People living with HIV who have a low CD4 cell count or are not on an effective treatment plan may be at an increased risk for severe illness due to COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

On June 5, we commemorated the 40th anniversary of the first report of what would later become known as AIDS. For decades, the Peace Corps and its Volunteers have been key partners dedicated to the global response to end the HIV epidemic, reaching hundreds of thousands of individuals with HIV prevention interventions, including referrals to HIV testing services.

This year, as we observe NHTD amidst a global pandemic, we reflect on the progress that has been made and recommit ourselves to doing our part to end the HIV epidemic. Recognizing that our world is globally connected, we understand that our domestic response is a part of the larger global response. Getting tested for HIV contributes to ending the HIV epidemic in the U.S. and around the world.

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HIV testing is fast, confidential, easier than ever. It is recommended that all people ages 13 to 64 be tested at least once as part of routine health care. Please visit the links below for more information on finding a testing location and self-testing kits. We are closer than ever to our goal of ending the HIV epidemic in the U.S. and every person who knows their status gets us closer.

To find a testing location, visit: https://gettested.cdc.gov/

For information on self-testing kits, visit: https://together.takemehome.org/

For more information on NHTD, visit: https://www.hiv.gov/

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