Wednesday, December 1, 2010
World AIDS Day 2010
Tapp said the World AIDS Day theme for 2010, "Act aware: Stop AIDS – keep the promise," stresses the importance of learning the facts about HIV and taking personal actions to help prevent it and the stigma that comes from misinformation.
"In South Carolina, more than 14,000 people are known to be living with HIV/AIDS and we estimate that one new HIV infection occurs in the state every nine hours," Tapp said. "Every county in the state has residents living with HIV, but many South Carolinians remain unaware of their HIV status because they have not received an HIV test."
"We continue to partner closely with community-based organizations to deliver testing, prevention and care services to those most in need," Tapp said. "We are also working with hospital emergency departments to promote routine HIV testing for early diagnosis.
"Most people in the early stages of HIV infection have no symptoms," she said. "Early diagnosis can link people to services that will help them stay healthy longer, benefit most from treatment, reduce costly hospital visits, and help prevent transmission to others."
For more information about World AIDS Day events, including local HIV testing sites, call DHEC's S.C. AIDS/STD Hotline at 1-800-322-AIDS (1-800-322-2437), or visit DHEC's website.
World AIDS Day
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