NAPWA, Founders of National HIV Testing Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Each year, on June 27, the National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA) organizes National HIV Testing Day(NHTD), in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other national and local entities across the country.

This unique and effective initiative sends the message to those at risk from those already living with HIV that there are powerful reasons for learning one’s HIV status.  NAPWA was one of the first AIDS organizations to advocate that people at risk of infection should seek out voluntary HIV counseling and testing services (VCTS).

As people living with HIV/AIDS, we knew that knowledge of HIV status was essential to making informed decisions about our lives.  We took this one step further in 1995 by launching the National HIV Testing Day campaign. The campaign was developed in recognition and alarm about the growing number of HIV infections in heavily impacted communities, including communities of color.  Even today, it is estimated that approximately 56,000 Americans become HIV- positive every year. This is too many.

NAPWA believes that participation in VCTS is a critical first step in taking control and responsibility over one’s health.  The campaign shares the message “Take the Test, Take Control” with a diverse group of people and communities nationwide.
 
Stephen Bailous
SVP for Treatment Advocacy and Community Affairs
National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA)
8401 Colesville Road Suite 505
Silver Spring, MD 20910
www.napwa.org

 

A MESSAGE FROM OUR NAPWA PRESIDENT

As National HIV Testing Day approaches, June 27, NAPWA urges all Americans to Take the Test, Take Control. Join us in spreading the word that, thirty years after the CDC first reported AIDS cases in the United States, the epidemic is still growing.  NAPWA is supporting Testing Day awareness campaigns across the country… you can help.

WE CAN END THIS EPIDEMIC!  Join us in the fight, join NAPWA now!

Frank J. Oldham, Jr.
NAPWA, President and CEO

A MESSAGE FROM OUR NAPWA CHAIR

As a woman of color living with HIV, the mother of a child born HIV-positive, and a caregiver, I know firsthand the personal cost of HIV and AIDS.  As Chair of NAPWA’s Board of Trustees, I also know we have an historic opportunity: we are within reach of a generation without HIV.

It will take tremendous dedication and resources – education, prevention and testing services, linkage of all HIV-positive people to care, continuing research into new medications and a real cure, and a level healthcare playing field for all Americans.  Help us advocate for 1.3 million Americans living with HIV, educating policy makers, the HIV care community, and all Americans, so we can make the dream come true: a generation in which the virus is no longer being transmitted and goes extinct.

Michelle Lopez
NAPWA, Chair, Board of Trustees

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