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December 1st is World AIDS Day

“The Time to Act Is Now"

World AIDS Day is observed each year on December 1st and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and remember those who have died. Started in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day. This day brings an opportunity for people to work actively and collaboratively with partners around the world to raise awareness about HIV and help us move closer to the goal of an AIDS-free generation. This year's theme, “The Time to Act Is Now,” calls us to act with urgency to implement the latest high-impact, evidence-based HIV prevention strategies.

U Equals U

Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) was first launched in 2016 with the publication of the U=U Consensus Statement.1 In collaboration with leading experts, people living with HIV started this campaign with the aim to disseminate the knowledge that people living with HIV who maintain undetectable levels (<200 copies/mL) of HIV virus do not sexually transmit HIV.1 Supported by both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this message helps reduce HIV stigma, improves the lives of those living with HIV, and promotes HIV treatment as a prevention tool that can be used to end the epidemic.2,3 More than 400 organizations from 60 countries have endorsed the Consensus Statement and demonstrated their support for the U=U Campaign.1 For more information and to endorse the Consensus Statement visit the Prevention Access Campaign website: www.preventionaccess.org/consensus.4

By supporting and promoting this message, New Hampshire (NH) has the power to influence public opinion, spreading the message that people living with HIV can live long, healthy lives without fear of passing on HIV to others.5 It will help reduce HIV stigma and discrimination in NH, which are often barriers for people seeking HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.6 HIV treatment as a NH prevention tool will help reduce HIV transmission in addition to prevention interventions such as access to condoms and sterile syringes, HIV testing and linkage to care, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).

1. About. Prevention Access Campaign website. https://www.preventionaccess.org/about. Accessed October 30, 2017.
2. Treatment as HIV prevention. NIH - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases website. www.niaid.nih.gov/diseases-conditions/treatment-prevention. Reviewed March 22, 2017. Accessed October 30, 2017.
3. McCray E, Mermin JH. Dear colleague: September 27, 2017. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. www.cdc.gov/hiv/library/dcl/dcl/092717.html. Published September 27, 2017. Accessed October 30, 2017.
4. Consensus statement. Prevention Access Campaign website. www.preventionaccess.org/consensus. Updated October 15, 2017. Accessed October 31, 2017.
5. The Lancet HIV. Editorial - U=U taking off in 2017. The Lancet. November 2017; 4: e475. www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lanhiv/PIIS2352-3018(17)30183-2.pdf. Accessed November 7, 2017.
6. Reduction of HIV-related stigma and discrimination. UNAIDS website. www.unaids.org/sites/default/files/media_asset/2014unaidsguidancenote_stigma_en.pdf. Published 2014. Accessed November 7, 2017.

HIV Testing in New Hampshire

For HIV testing, see your health care provider; visit your community health center; or, contact one of the agencies below. The listed agencies receive funds from the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services to support their offering of HIV and HCV counseling; testing and referral services; and, STD counseling, testing and treatment services. Please contact the agency to learn more about their fee schedule and the availability of low to no cost services.

City/Town Site Day/Hours
Manchester Manchester Health Department
1528 Elm Street
(603) 624-6466

Wednesday
3:00pm-6:00pm
By Appointment Only

Thursday
9:00am-12:00pm
By Appointment Only

Nashua Nashua Health Department
18 Mulberry Street
(603) 589-4500
Thursday
3:00pm- 6:00pm
Walk-In

For more information on HIV testing, please contact the STD/HIV Program at (603) 271-4502. To get involved, please look for and join one of the World AIDS Day events around the state.

For more information on HIV in NH, please see the NH STD-HIV- AIDS Surveillance Report 2011-2015 Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol

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