ALBANY, N.Y. — Friday is national HIV testing day, and lawmakers in the Empire State are urging all New Yorkers to get tested for the virus.
A startling fact — an estimated 14 percent of infected people in New York have not been diagnosed. That means roughly 22,000 people have HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and don’t even know it.
Recent changes in laws here have been successful in prevention efforts, according to the State Health Commissioner, but he also says a lot of work still needs to be done.
It’s been four years since the state law took effect that said HIV testing must be offered to all people between the ages of 13 and 64 who receive hospital or primary care services.
For more information, please visit the Department’s HIV/AIDS website at: http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/aids/
Additionally, the National HIV and STD Testing Resource website at www.hivtest.org enables visitors to enter a zip code and find local testing sites in that area. Cell phone users can send a text message containing their zip code to “KNOWIT” (566948) and within seconds receive a return text message listing an HIV testing site in that area.