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National HIV Testing Day 2012

National HIV Testing Day: Take the Test, Take Control

June 27th is National HIV Testing Day in the U.S., where nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV and almost 1 in 5 don't know they’re infected. Getting tested is the first step to finding out if you have HIV. If you have HIV, getting medical care and taking medicines regularly helps you live a longer, healthier life and also lowers the chances of passing HIV on to others.

To raise awareness of National HIV Testing Day, the Editors of Clinical Infectious Diseases and The Journal of Infectious Diseases have highlighted recent, topical articles, which have been made freely available from June 27th for 14 days. Both journals are publications of the HIV Medicine Association and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Clinical Infectious Disease articles:

Editorial Commentary: Access to Universal HIV Care and Prevention Services: Light at the End of a Long Tunnel?

What Is the Impact of Home-Based HIV Counseling and Testing on the Clinical Status of Newly Enrolled Adults in a Large HIV Care Program in Western Kenya?

Editorial Commentary: Home-Based HIV Counseling and Testing as a Gateway to Earlier Initiation of Antiretroviral Therapy

The Journal of Infectious Diseases articles:

Detection of Acute HIV Infection: We Can’t Close the Window

Magnitude of virologic blips is associated with a higher risk for virologic rebound in HIV-infected individuals: a recurrent events analysis

Perspectives on Introduction and Implementation of New Point-of-Care Diagnostic Tests

Blog Piece: Take the Test, Take Control

Click here to read an associated blog piece from Martin S. Hirsch, MD, FIDSA, editor-in-chief of The Journal of Infectious Diseases, where he discusses the importance of HIV testing.

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