HIV Testing Day: VA encourages veterans to join in
The Department of Veterans Affairs, which offers HIV testing at some facilities on a walk-in basis, is encouraging all veterans to get tested at least once in their lives.
Wednesday is National HIV Testing Day, which encourages early detection of the virus.
“Testing, regardless of age or risk factors, is an important step to healthier, longer lives,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.
The VA says is the largest single provider of HIV care in the United States, providing care for more than 25,000 veterans with HIV in 2011.
Yet, only 20 percent of veterans have ever been tested for HIV in the VHA system, it said.
Learn more here about the VA’s testing policies and campaign to increase testing.
The VA estimates 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV, while one out of five are unaware they are infected.