World AIDS Day 2019
Monday, December 2, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Mary Greer Room, Hodges Library
Join the Center for Health Education & Wellness, the Pride Center, community organizations, and student groups as we honor World AIDS Day, the largest awareness day for HIV/AIDS. The event aims to destigmatize getting tested and encourages the UT community to know your status and make empowered decisions about sexual health.
Free, confidential HIV testing* will be available and participants can enter to win fun giveaways such as Amazon gift cards and credit towards RecSports’ UT Outdoors Program!
Testing is provided by the Helen Ross McNabb Center and is available to students, faculty, and staff. Results are available in 20 minutes, so feel free to bring your laptop or textbooks while you wait. Results are provided during private consultations.
Who Should Get Tested and Why?
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone should get tested at least once, regardless of their sexual history.
According to the CDC, in 2017, young people aged 13 – 24 accounted for 21% of all new HIV diagnoses. HIV is more present in the South. The South accounted for over half of new HIV diagnoses in the United States.
The good news is in 2017, new diagnoses in the United States declined 9%. Also, with ongoing medical treatment it is possible for individuals living with HIV to lead healthy lives and have what’s known as an undetectable viral load. An undetectable viral load can mean a person cannot transmit HIV to another person. Having access to treatment and getting treatment is an important part of preventing HIV.
Communities make a difference. Together we can continue to change the stats on HIV. Get tested, know your status, and learn how to prevent HIV, and other STIs (sexually transmitted infections).
What is World AIDS Day?
World AIDS Day is held on December 1st and is recognized around the world as a time for people to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, unite against stigma, show support for those living with HIV, and remember those who have passed away. It’s a reminder that although treatment has greatly improved, HIV still impacts the lives of many, including young people.