June 27 was HIV testing day and this year the Department of Veterans Affairs marked the day by stressing the importance of testing to prevent the disease.
Around 31,000 veterans receive treatment for HIV throughout the VA health care system, according to a blog post from the department. The VA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone be tested at least once. In addition to HIV testing, you can ask about testing for other sexually transmitted infections.
VA is also part of the “Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America” federal initiative. The program aims to end the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2030 by leveraging critical scientific advances in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care by coordinating the highly successful programs and infrastructure.
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