National HIV Testing Day Reminder of Dallas County Battle with Virus

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It’s the three letter word that often comes with a negative perception – HIV.

Friday marked National HIV Testing Day, and the Centers for Disease Control reports 1.1-million people are living with the virus in the U.S. What’s more, nearly 1 in 6 don’t even know they’re infected.

The Dallas County Health Department reports the disease remains relatively prevalent, especially among the African American community. According to the health department, in 2012, about 15,000 people were living with HIV/AIDS in Dallas County.

That same research also showed 55% of new cases were among people younger than 35 years of age. Even still, the CDC reports more than half of American adults have not yet been tested.

Well, it’s never too late – at least for a positive peace of mind.

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