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DHEC encourages SC residents to get tested on National HIV Testing Day

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The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control encourages South Carolinians to get tested for HIV and other STDs on Tuesday, which is also National HIV Testing Day.

"More than 16,000 individuals are currently living with HIV/AIDS in South Carolina," said DHEC Director of Health Services Lisa Davis. "Early detection through testing for HIV remains essential to successfully identifying and treating the disease and is critical to preventing new infections."

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in seven people living with HIV in the United States are unaware they have it. 

"Most people in the early stages of HIV infection have no symptoms," Mansaray said. "Early diagnosis can link people to services that will help them stay healthy longer, benefit most from treatment, reduce costly hospital visits and help prevent transmission to others."

The CDC recommends everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. National HIV Testing Day promotes HIV Testing and early diagnosis.

DHEC said free testing services in 2016 helped diagnose and link more than 230 people to HIV medical care who otherwise might have not known their status until later.

Participating local health departments will be offering free testing on June 27.  

Contact your local health department to schedule your free test.

Call DHEC's AIDS/STD Hotline at 1-800-322-AIDS for more information about HIV testing and details about local HIV testing sites, or visit scdhec.gov/HIV.

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