Today we have strong tools in preventing and treating HIV. Research has shown that we can treat HIV so that those living with HIV do not transmit it to their partners! Prevention is key to keep it from spreading to others.
It is important to get tested for HIV. Testing is the only way to know if you have HIV. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 should be tested for HIV at least once. One should be tested more often if you are at higher risk for HIV. People at higher risk are men who have sex with men (MSM), injection drug users, or people with multiple sex partners. About 1 in 7 people living with HIV don’t know they have the virus and can pass it on to others without knowing it.
The St. Croix County Public Health Department, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) and the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) are hosting an HIV testing event for World Aids Day. It will be on Thursday, November 30th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at WITC-New Richmond, 1019 S Knowles Ave.
Testing at no cost to you will be offered to people that have never been tested, people with a history of injection drug use, men who have sex with men, and anyone who has had unprotected sex with multiple partners.
Testing is also available at the St. Croix County Public Health Department. Call 715-246-8365 to schedule.
So let’s stop HIV Together:
• Get tested for HIV.
• Talk with your doctor about your risks.
• Talk with family, friends, and colleagues, about HIV prevention.
• Support people who are living with HIV.
• For more information about HIV prevention, testing, treatment, research, visit https://www.aids.gov/