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The 12th annual National HIV Testing Day, sponsored by the National Association of People With AIDS, is set for Tuesday, June 27. The theme for the event is "Take the Test, Take Control." NAPWA will officially kick off the annual event with a press conference Monday, June 26, in Washington, D.C., where AIDS leaders and HIV-positive speakers will announce the launch of several public service announcements targeting urban youth, especially young African-American women, that were produced in collaboration with Black Entertainment Television and the Kaiser Family Foundation. Testing events will be held across the country on June 27.
The National HIV Testing Day campaign was developed in recognition of the growing number of HIV infections in heavily impacted communities, including communities of color and gay and bisexual men. An estimated 250,000 Americans today are unaware of their own HIV infection. NAPWA believes that participation in voluntary HIV testing is a critical first step in taking control and responsibility over one's health.
For more information on National HIV Testing Day, go online to www.napwa.org. (The Advocate)