Each year, on June 27, the National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA), in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), AIDS.gov, and other national and local entities across the country organizes National HIV Testing Day. This unique initiative sends the message, “Take the Test, Take Control,” to those at risk from HIV from those already living with HIV.
National HIV Testing Day was developed in response to the growing number of HIV infections in communities of color and other heavily impacted communities. Nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the U.S., and almost one in five don’t know they are infected.
Participating organizations, including the Inglewood Wellness Center, believe that HIV testing is a critical first step in taking control and responsibility over one’s health. To find a South LA location to take a free HIV test log onto the CDC’s website.