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DPH: Take the test

By Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH)

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Hartford, CT - In recognition of National HIV Testing Day (June 27th), the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is encouraging Connecticut residents to get tested for HIV.

“Getting tested for HIV gives people a chance to take control and know their status,” said DPH Commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen. “If you find out you are infected with HIV you can seek medical care and get treatment, which helps people with HIV live longer, healthier lives. Knowing your status can also lower the chances of passing HIV to others.”

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that approximately one in five people with HIV do not know they are infected. Over 10,000 Connecticut residents are known to be living with HIV. Over 2,000 additional people in the state may have HIV but do not know it.

Several agencies throughout the state offer HIV testing at no charge. Visit www.ct.gov/dph/hivtesting, or call (860) 509-7801 to find out where to get tested. In addition, people can locate local HIV testing sites by visiting www.HIVtest.org or sending a text message with their ZIP code to “KNOWIT” (566948).

Anyone who is 13 years of age or older can be treated or tested confidentially and without parental consent. The CDC recommends that everyone 13-64 years old be tested for HIV.

In 2009, the Connecticut General Assembly passed House Bill 6391, An Act Concerning Revisions to the HIV Testing Consent Law. This law, which went into effect July 1, 2009, facilitates routine HIV screening in health care settings by eliminating the requirement for a separate written or oral consent for HIV testing. Testing is still voluntary.

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus that causes AIDS, or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, a disease that causes the body to lose its natural protection against infection.

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