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Posted on: November 28, 2017

[ARCHIVED] World Aids Day


The Jackson County Health Department would like to remind the community that Friday, December 1, 2017 is the 30th Annual World AIDS Day.  Every 9 ½ minutes, someone in the United States becomes infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS.  This year’s theme is “Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability, and Partnerships.”   World AIDS Day is a time to honor those who have lost their lives to AIDS, support those who are living with HIV, and to unite in the fight against HIV.

In recognition of World AIDS Day, the Jackson County Health Department encourages everyone in our community to get tested for HIV.  In the United States, about 1 in 7 people who have HIV don’t know it. “If you are at risk for HIV, don’t guess — get a test,” said Jonathan Mermin, M.D., M.P.H, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. “The benefits are clear. Prompt diagnosis is prevention. It is the first step to protecting people living with HIV and their partners.”  CDC recommends testing all people ages 13-64 for HIV at least once in their lifetime, and people at higher risk for HIV at least annually. Healthcare providers may find it beneficial to test some sexually active gay and bisexual men more frequently (e.g., every three to six months)

We can all help to end the HIV epidemic by increasing awareness, fighting stigma, getting tested, and starting treatment if positive.  You’ve helped us fight HIV. Now, let’s end it. This World AIDS Day, join the fight to end the negative impact of HIV.

  • End isolation
  • End stigma
  • End HIV transmission

Free counseling and rapid HIV testing is offered at the Jackson County Health Department located at 1715 Lansing Avenue, in Jackson, Michigan.  Nurses are available to perform testing Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.  For more information, please call the STD Clinic at (517) 788-4477.

Additional information is available from the CDC.

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