In observance of National HIV Testing Day on Sunday, the North Dakota Department of Health urges people at risk for HIV/AIDS to get tested.
An estimated 1 million people in the United States are HIV positive, and approximately 56,300 new infections occur every year, according to a news release from the Health Department.
As of Dec. 31, 480 cases of HIV/AIDS had been reported in North Dakota since surveillance began in 1984. About one-fourth of the people estimated to be HIV positive are believed to be unaware of their infection; as a result, they do not receive medical care. They also may be transmitting HIV to others.
HIV testing is available at test sites throughout the state, and results are available in 20 minutes. The test sites are staffed by trained personnel who offer free and confidential HIV testing, counseling and referrals to those at risk.
For information, call the North Dakota Department of Health HIV/AIDS Program hot line at 1-800-70NDHIV or visit www.ndhealth.gov/hiv.