This Saturday I will be posted up at the Free Clinic – where we will be encouraging people to get free HIV Testing! National HIV Testing Day should really be everyday as it is important you know your status for yours and your partners sake.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported the first five known cases of HIV in Los Angeles in June of 1981. The previously healthy gay men had contracted pneumonia and two died. Today, more than a million Americans have the virus.
Being diagnosed with HIV was once a death sentence. Now, a 20-year-old man with HIV who begins treatment early can expect to live to 77 — the average lifespan of an average American man. The disease, which attacks the immune system, can be controlled by modern-day antiretroviral medications.