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Dec. 2, 2010

World AIDS Day Is Dec. 1

Oswego County Health Department Encourages HIV Testing -

Dec. 1 is designated "World AIDS Day" to pay tribute to the millions of people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States and around the world, and the millions of people who have been tested for HIV.

"We recognize that HIV testing and linkage to care can save lives," said Dennis Norfleet, MD, Public Health Director for Oswego County. "We are working with community partners to build on those successes to allow more people to live longer and healthier lives."

HIV testing is critical to the fight against HIV. An estimated 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the United States. Of those, as many as 1 in 5 people are unaware of their HIV infection. HIV testing is important because finding new HIV infections means people can get lifesaving treatment early and can take steps to protect their loved ones from being infected.

"HIV testing should be part of routine healthcare," said Dr. Norfleet. "New York State law requires that all people aged 13 to 64 be offered HIV testing when they see their primary care provider. All residents should take advantage of this testing."

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends:

  • Everyone ages 13 to 64 be tested at least once.

  • People at high risk for HIV get tested more often. Those at the highest risk (including injection-drug users and their sex partners, persons who exchange sex for money or drugs, sex partners of HIV-infected persons and men who have sex with men) should be tested at least annually.

  • Women should be tested during each pregnancy.

For information on HIV testing or to schedule an appointment, call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547.

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