One in five people living with HIV in the U.S. don’t know they have the virus; HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) the virus that causes AIDS.
National HIV Testing Day on June 27 is a national awareness campaign designed to encourage everyone to know their status and get tested. Many people are living with HIV and unaware that they have the virus as many people don’t have any symptoms.
It is important to know that you can never tell by looking at someone if they have HIV, the only sure way to know your HIV status is to get tested.
More than 50% of American adults have not been tested for HIV and at least one in three people who test positive for HIV learn of the virus too late to benefit from all of the treatments available.
We can use National HIV Testing Day to raise awareness about how people can take the test and take control of their health and lives.
Testing day is a good time to remind the people in your life to get tested. OCO Health Education will be providing free and confidential testing at the Centers for Reproductive Health at the Fulton and Oswego locations on June 25 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
OCO Health Education is a program of Crisis & Development Services. Health Educators provide reproductive health care education, distribute safer sex supplies, and connect people to the OCO Centers for Reproductive Health.
For more information or to schedule a testing appointment contact a health educator by calling 315-342-0888 X1456 or texting 315-297-5757.
OCO Health Education is funded by grants through the New York State Department of Health.
OCO, Inc is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966.
A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 80 separate locations.
For more information, visit www.oco.org