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Have You Been Tested? Know Your Status
Free HIV Tests Available as Part of National HIV Testing Day
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Bureau of Community Health Services
Publish Date:
July 28, 2016

Concord, NH – To mark National HIV Testing Day on Monday June 27th, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), in collaboration with local testing sites, is offering free, oral HIV tests for New Hampshire residents.

New Hampshire continues to see a low incidence of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), but one-third of patients newly diagnosed with HIV will be diagnosed with AIDS within 12 months. This means they are accessing care late and often not until they are quite sick. Approximately 70% of the people living with AIDS in New Hampshire are 45 years of age or older.

Many strides have been made in the fight against HIV, particularly in the area of medical treatment. People can live for years with HIV infection, especially with the proper medication and care. However, it’s important for people to be tested and diagnosed early and get linked to physician care to help ensure the best health outcomes.

“It is estimated that 1 in 8 people infected with HIV in the United States don’t know it,” says Marcella Bobinsky, Acting Director of Public Health at DHHS. “Therefore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that everyone ages 13 to 64 be tested at least once as part of their routine health care.”

Multiple sites across New Hampshire are offering free HIV testing. There is no blood draw needed, and the results are available within 20 minutes. To locate a participating site near you, go to http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/bchs/std/hiv-testing.htm or call the DHHS Infectious Disease Prevention, Investigation and Care Section at 603-271-4496. For more information about HIV, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at http://www.cdc.gov/features/hivtesting/index.html.

 
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