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Caring for those with AIDS - World AIDS Day is Dec. 1

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clinician looking at blood specimen

Clinician observing a blood specimen

Monday, November 22, 2010

 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is the largest single provider of medical care to people with HIV in the United States.

VA will recognize World AIDS Day, December 1, 2010, with information, education, and HIV testing. 

Bay Pines will have an informational booth to answer questions and provide HIV/AIDS information on December 1st from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. 

The HIV/AIDS efforts, carried out by VA medical facilities across the country take a comprehensive approach that includes: 

  • Screening for risk of HIV infection
  • Testing for those at risk
  • Education for patients and their families
  • Giving providers access to the best available information about HIV
  • Excellence in clinical care
  • Support for research to improve clinical care
  • Ongoing quality improvement

Some Facts about HIV

FACT: There are more than 33 million people living with HIV/AIDS around the world.

FACT: In the United States, there are more than 1.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS.

FACT: 1 in 5 HIV-positive people in the United States don’t know they are infected. This means they aren’t getting the treatment that could help them live longer, healthier lives.

Who should get an HIV test? Public health experts and health care providers now recommend that all adults get tested for HIV as part of their routine medical care.  Everyone—not just people who think they are at risk—should get tested at least once in their life.  For people who engage in high risk behaviors, more frequent HIV testing is recommended.  

Even if you do not think you are at risk, you should talk to your health care provider about taking the HIV test.

Take the test, and take control.

For more information, visit www.hiv.va.gov.