The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) started National HIV Testing Day (NHTD). Every year, on June 27th, local organizations across the nation
engage with communities to promote early diagnosis and HIV-testing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 250,000 of the one million people living with HIV/AIDS
in the United States are unaware of their status. NAPWA realizes that lack of access to treatment and care along with social stigma can make living with HIV difficult. With early diagnosis,
uncertain individuals will know their HIV-status and should be placed into appropriate treatment and care. During NHTD, we work with our partners, which include thousands of community-based
organizations, businesses, health departments, elected officials, media, and individuals to encourage routine HIV-testing and to promote culturally-apt messages for those affected by and living with HIV/AIDS.
NAPWA's Testing Recommendations