National HIV Testing Day is June 27, and serves to encourage folks to get tested, know their status, and get linked to care and services.
Established in 1995, National HIV Testing Day remains just as important today. While the global community has made great strides in getting people tested and reducing the rate of new infections, we're not done yet. To date, there are still around 9.4 million of the 36.9 million people living with HIV worldwide who do not know they are infected.
Around 1.1 million people in the United States have HIV, and 1 in 7 of them don’t know they have it. Which is why folks with HIV need to get a diagnosis as soon as possible so they can get treatment. Taking HIV medicine as prescribed can keep them healthy and protect their partners. According to a recent report, nearly 40% of new HIV transmissions in 2016 came from people who didn’t know they had HIV.
What can you can do on National HIV Testing Day?
1. Get tested. If you haven't already, consider getting an HIV test. Apicha CHC offers free rapid HIV testing, and whatever your result, we can help you with next steps.
2. Know your status. Knowing your HIV status can help you protect yourself and others. HIV-negative men who have sex with men should consider getting on PrEP, which can protect against the HIV virus. HIV-positive individuals should immediately begin treatment to decrease their viral load to an undetectable and untransmittable level.
3. Get linked to care. Whether you are HIV-positive or -negative, getting the right kind of medical care is important. At Apicha CHC we offer a wide range of HIV speciality care and access to PrEP and PEP.
How Apicha CHC Can Help You
At Apicha CHC, we are very proud of our viral load suppression rate for all our patients, the number of our patients on PrEP, and the number of people we get tested.
Our healthcare providers are specialists in HIV prevention, treatment, and care. If you come for testing and remain for care at our community health center, you will receive consistent treatment from a healthcare provider who can attend to all of your health needs including HIV.
There are three ways we can help:
1. HIV Testing
We provide completely confidential HIV testing services at Apicha CHC. To sign up for our HIV Testing services, click here and select HIV/STD testing from the drop down.
2. We can get you PrEP
If you become part of Apicha CHC's PrEP Program, you will be assigned a medical provider at Apicha CHC who will assess whether PrEP is right for you and will prescribe you Truvada as PrEP.
Our PrEP staff can also help you:
- Enroll in insurance or sign you up for special PrEP cost programs
- Set up your appointments
- Remind you when your pills are running out
- You can easily pick-up your prescription at Apicha CHC's brand new in-house pharmacy or you can use our free delivery service!
You can request an appointment to get started on PrEP here. Be sure to select appointment type as "Access to PrEP/PEP".
Apicha CHC's PrEP line number: (646) 740-6392.
3. Become a part of our HIV Clinic
If you know you're HIV-positive and don't currently have a medical provider or aren't happy with the one you do have, feel free to become a part of the Apicha CHC family.
You can request an appointment here. Be sure to select appointment type as "Primary Medical Care".