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Three Sapphic Books for HIV Testing Day

Get Ready to Celebrate HIV Testing Day!

The importance of getting tested for HIV and knowing your status is the primary reason for HIV Testing Day. So, buckle up and get ready to learn how you can participate!

The Origins and Significance of HIV Testing Day

This occasion traces its roots back to 1995. That is when it was first initiated by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) in the United States. The goal was simple: to encourage people to get tested for HIV and know their status. Since then, the day has gained international recognition. Countries around the world joining in to promote testing and spread awareness.

Did you know that according to UNAIDS, around 37.7 million people were living with HIV at the end of 2020? And, alarmingly, approximately 1 in 5 of those individuals were unaware of their status. That’s where this day comes in! It’s a powerful reminder that knowing your status is the first step towards taking control of your health and preventing the spread of HIV.

A Global Effort

Over the years, this day has grown from a national event in the United States to a worldwide movement.

For example, in the United Kingdom, the Terrence Higgins Trust, a prominent HIV and sexual health charity, organizes National HIV Testing Week each year. This event, which takes place in November, complements HIV Testing Day and aims to increase HIV testing among key populations, including women, lesbians, and members of the LGBT community.

Tips and Ideas

Get started with these ideas:

  • Get tested: The most important way to celebrate this day is by getting tested yourself. Find a local testing center or order an at-home test kit through organizations like Planned Parenthood or the Terrence Higgins Trust.
  • Spread the word: Use social media to raise awareness about HIV Testing Day and encourage your friends and followers to do the same. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #HIVTestingDay and #KnowYourStatus!
  • Educate yourself and others: Learn more about prevention, transmission, and treatment options. Share this information with your loved ones to help break down stigma and misconceptions about HIV.
  • Support HIV/AIDS organizations: Donate to or volunteer with organizations that work to combat HIV/AIDS and support affected communities. Some examples include amfAR, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and the International AIDS Society.

Let’s Celebrate HIV Testing Day Together!

Now that you’re well-versed in the importance of this day, it’s time to take action! Whether you choose to get tested, spread awareness, or support HIV/AIDS organizations, every little bit helps in the fight against HIV. So, let’s come together and make a difference on June 27 – for ourselves, our loved ones, and our global community.

Today we’re recommending three sapphic books that deals with AIDS.

Looking for something else? Try this list of memoir / biography.

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