Press Room

June 24, 2004

Category: HIV & AIDS

Statement by HRC President Cheryl Jacques on National HIV Testing Day

WASHINGTON - Human Rights Campaign President Cheryl Jacques made the following statement in honor of National HIV Testing Day, Sunday, June 27, 2004. The day is part of an annual campaign organized by the National Association of People with AIDS to encourage at-risk individuals to receive voluntary HIV testing and counseling:

"We observe this important day and remind our community that the first step to preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS is knowing one's status through getting tested.

"Tragically, approximately 40,000 new HIV infections occur each year nationwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has noted increases in infection rates within certain populations, including young gay and bisexual males and communities of color. A significant number of these infections occurred because of unprotected sex with an HIV-positive person who did not know his/her status.

"Also, very importantly, early knowledge of one's status can assist one in seeking adequate care and treatment. HRC also supports and advocates for increased access to - and proper funding for - care and treatment.

"On this National HIV Testing Day, let's all make a pledge to ourselves to get tested, if we haven't already, and to spread the word to family and friends."

For further information on locations that offer testing and counseling, visit: www.hivtest.org.

For further information on the National Association of People with AIDS, visit: www.napwa.org.

For further information on HRC's work on HIV/AIDS policy, visit: www.hrc.org.

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

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