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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.
National HIV Testing Day June 27, 2014
June 26, 2014
Be positive you’re negative! Take the test, take control!
On June 27, National HIV Testing Day, you can take charge of your health by using Florida’s effective HIV testing program. More than 400,000 Floridians were provided services last year alone, through county health departments, neighborhood outreach, mobile units, drug treatment facilities and more. Testing can curb the spread of this epidemic and allows those infected to seek the treatment they need.
Who is eligible? Anyone can get a blood or oral test for antibodies to HIV. The body produces antibodies to destroy a foreign invader—in this case, HIV. Antibody tests are done confidentially or anonymously at any of Florida’s 67 county health departments. You can also be tested at a private doctor’s office or other testing sites.
A national leader in HIV testing, Florida offers rapid HIV testing, which provides accurate results in just minutes. Currently, more than 100 venues from the Panhandle to the Florida Keys participate in the testing program.
You’re ready—where can you get tested? For Florida testing sites, click here. Don’t see your area listed? Contact your local county health department listed here for more information. Like using your cell or smartphone? You can also text your zip code to 477493 for testing sites in your area.
To date, it is estimated that of the 1.1 million people living with HIV in the U.S. at least one in five are unaware of their HIV status. The result can be continued accidental transmission and delayed lifesaving medical treatment.
In the Sunshine State, approximately 3,500 new HIV infections and 1,000 HIV-related deaths occur annually. Of the 19 million people living in Florida, it is estimated 125,000 are living with HIV/AIDS.
Get in the know! Knowing your HIV status can enable you to seek medical services, access mental and emotional support networks and obtain information crucial to protecting yourself and those you love. Click here to read the frequently asked questions about the program.
Today can be the beginning of a healthier life. Take advantage of National HIV Testing Day and take control by taking the test. It can mean the difference in enjoying a healthy future with those you love, and who love you.
Make the call!
The Florida AIDS Hotline is 1-(800) FLA-AIDS or 1-(800) 352-2437.
En Espanol, 1-(800)-545-SIDA. In Creole, 1-(800) AIDS-101.