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World Aids Day Campaign

World Aids Day - who should be tested and why

This year, an estimated 56,300 people will be infected with HIV in the United States. One in 5 of the more than one million people living with HIV is unaware of his or her infection. This year, in recognition of World AIDS Day on December 1, The Salem Board of Health encourages all citizens of Salem, Ma to get tested for HIV.

The only way to know for sure if you have HIV is to get tested. You could have HIV and still feel healthy. Many doctors recommend HIV testing for all teens and adults between the ages of 13 and 64.

It's especially important to get tested regularly if you are at high risk of infection. Get tested for HIV at least once a year if you:

  • Have unprotected sex (sex without a condom) with someone who might have HIV
  • Have sex with men who have sex with men
  • Use drugs with needles
  • Have a sex partner who is HIV-positive
  • Have had a sexually transmitted disease (STD)

Learn more about HIV/AIDS and how to prevent this disease.

To find an HIV testing location near you, text your zip code to KNOWIT (566948) or use this online locator: http://www.aids.gov/locator/

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