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Today is a very important day for all of us to practice and pay attention to. National HIV Testing Day is all about sexual health and HIV awareness. Take a moment to realize and practice something that could save your life or the lives of your loved ones. 

Let’s start this uncomfortable conversation will this factual statement.

ANYONE can become infected with HIV.

Do not, for even one second, believe that this cannot happen to you or anyone else you know. There are plenty of people now infected with the virus that once believe that themselves. You acting as though invisible to this virus lends you very vulnerable to infection. Protect yourself and everyone you love, act constantly against HIV.

That is what today is all about. Preparedness, awareness, and education about HIV.

For instance, did you know that every 9 1/2 minutes someone in the United States becomes infected with HIV.

Yes, this is not something that America is immune to. If you visit the first ever “HIV mapping” website created by AIDSvu, you can see very clearly how much affect HIV is having on our country. This mapping can even be broken down into individual cities. It is a scary and interesting thing to view.

Once you have looked at where the virus is running rampant, you might want to have yourself checked. Wait, let me say this.

WE ALL NEED TO BE TESTED.

No matter who you are, what relationship you are in, or any other excuses you can think of. This is a horrible and life threatening virus that needs to be kept under control. You, your family, your friends, and everyone else you care for should be tested.

The AIDSvu website will also give you a list of places you can be tested for HIV. They even have office hours, contact info, and a direct link from their site to the clinic you are looking at to send an immediate email. Here are just a few that I found here in the East Texas area.

Tyler
 
Special Health Resources

Longview
Longview Wellness Center

Google Maps

Palestine
Texas Department of Health

Google Maps

 

For a disease that is so easily avoidable, websites like this are essential to try and help what is still affecting the world. Want more info? Maybe, something else to scare you into waking to the reality of the HIV situation? Check out this video and then visit the AIDSvu website. 

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