June 27th: National HIV Testing Day
This Wednesday, June 27th, is National HIV Testing Day. Founded in 1995 by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA), this day reminds us all of the importance of getting tested regularly. The knowledge that you gain can help you protect your health, as well as that of your partner.
Get tested at a local testing site, like Center on Halsted, to learn your status and take control of your health. Find your nearest testing site with the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Service Providers search engine.
Young men who have sex with men (ages 18-24) who recently tested HIV negative at the Center on Halsted may be eligible to enroll in Keep It Up! (KIU!), a multi-media, Internet–based HIV prevention project. The KIU! website is engaging and interactive with information presented in various formats like games, animation, and videos. Keep It Up! is entirely online giving participants the flexibility to choose when and where to complete it. Participants who complete KIU! will receive a $20 gift card as well as have the opportunity to receive an additional $20 in gift cards: $10 after completing the six week follow-up survey and $10 after completing the twelve week follow-up survey.
KIU! is currently implemented at Center on Halsted as a Community-Level Intervention funded by the Chicago Department of Public Health through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Statistical source: CDC. (March 2012). HIV in the United States: At A Glance. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/resources/factsheets/us.htm