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National HIV Testing Day — June 27, 2015

National HIV Testing Day — June 27, 2015

MMWR Weekly
Vol. 64, No. 24
June 26, 2015
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National HIV Testing Day — June 27, 2015


June 26, 2015 / 64(24);657

National HIV Testing Day, June 27, promotes the importance of testing in detecting, treating, and preventing human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. HIV testing is the essential entry point to a continuum of prevention, health care, and social services that improve the quality of life and the length of survival for persons with HIV (1). Recent findings show significantly greater health benefits for persons who start antiretroviral therapy (ART) earlier (2). Persons with HIV who receive appropriate treatment, monitoring, and health care also reduce their chances of transmitting HIV to others (3). The key to HIV treatment, care, and prevention is learning one's status through testing.
In 2011, an estimated 1.2 million persons were living with HIV infection in the United States; an estimated 86% were diagnosed with HIV, 40% were engaged in HIV medical care, 37% were prescribed ART, and 30% achieved viral suppression (1). This issue of MMWR includes a report presenting estimates of the prevalence of diagnosed and undiagnosed HIV infections by state during 2008–2012.
Additional information on National HIV Testing Day is available at Basic testing information for consumers is available at
Additional information on HIV testing for health professionals is available at CDC's guidelines for HIV testing of serum and plasma specimens are available at


  1. Bradley H, Hall HI, Wolitski RJ, et al. Vital signs: HIV diagnosis, care, and treatment among persons living with HIV—United States, 2011. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2014;63:1113–7.
  2. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Starting antiretroviral treatment early improves outcomes for HIV-infected individuals. Available at Web Site Icon.
  3. Cohen MS, Chen YQ, McCauley M, et al. Prevention of HIV-1 infection with early antiretroviral therapy. N Engl J Med 2011;365:493–505.

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