December 1st is World AIDS Day

Posted on December 1, 2016

Working Towards an AIDS-Free Generation

Each year, millions of people around the world will stand together on December 1st in part to remember the struggles endured during our fight against HIV/AIDS, but also to celebrate great achievement. We stand in solidarity for many reasons: to provide encouragement to those living with HIV, to acknowledge those working tirelessly to care for HIV infected patients, to promote HIV testing, diagnosis, and treatment, and to remember those who have died as a result of the disease. This day also serves as an important reminder that HIV and AIDS still remain a major global health priority with millions worldwide continuing to be infected with HIV each year.

Let this day serve as a reminder that everyone is at risk for HIV infection regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or sexual preference. HIV doesn’t discriminate. Don’t wait and don’t depend on luck – know your HIV status now. Testing is the ONLY way to know for sure. You cannot rely on symptoms to know if you are positive. Many people who are positive do not show any symptoms for years.

HIV testing has never been quicker and easier than it is today with the rapid HIV test. These tests were designed to produce fast results in less than an hour. The sooner HIV infection is found, the sooner treatment can begin. Ignoring your infection will not make it go away. HIV treatment works, but it is a lifelong process. In order for you to stay healthy, you must get regular HIV medical care.

TAKE ACTION: GET TESTED, GET CARE, STAY IN CARE, STOP HIV.

One of the greatest achievements in recent HIV/AIDS history is the availability of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP for those not infected with HIV. When taken as directed (one pill every day), PrEP will help to prevent HIV infection in those at highest risk of becoming HIV positive through1. This medicine must be prescribed by a healthcare professional; it cannot be bought over-the-counter. By adding another layer of protection (condoms), PrEP is found to be even more effective; condoms must be used correctly, every time a person is involved in sexual contact.2 For more information about PrEP including how to get it in New Jersey, call 1-800-624-2377 (The New Jersey AIDS/HIV/STD Hotline) to talk with one of our healthcare specialists…

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Source: NJ Medical School, Rutgers The State University