That number is tough enough to hear, but when you consider the fact that they estimate that about 20 percent of those people don’t even know they are carrying they disease, the statistic becomes downright frightening. That same 20 percent aren’t receiving the potentially life-extending medical care they need AND they could be sharing the disease unknowingly with other people.
For many, the stigma of walking in to an HIV clinic to be tested keeps people away. However, I was reading today about the CDC’s newly launched 2-year pilot program, which makes HIV testing available at local pharmacies and walk-in clinics like Walgreens. And it is free.
According to this article in The Atlantic, the testing is currently available in Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Lithonia, Georgia, but will soon be available in Oakland, California; Billings, Montana; and 17 other cities nationwide. Apparently test results are available within 20 minutes and if positive results come through, the patient will be referred to a local doctor for further testing.
The goal is to apparently make HIV testing as routine as blood pressure testing.
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