The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
Statement by the President on National HIV Testing Day
June 25, 2010 - This Sunday is National HIV Testing Day, an occasion to raise awareness of the steps each of us can take
as individuals to fight HIV/AIDS. As we mark this day, I would like to renew my call for all Americans to help reduce the risk of infection by getting
tested for HIV and learning their HIV status. One in five Americans who are currently living with HIV-- more than 230,000 people -- do not know their status.
The majority of HIV infections are spread by those who are unaware that they have the disease. And research shows that people who know their status take better
care of themselves and take steps to reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to others. That is why it is so important that people get tested.
In recent years, we have made huge advances in HIV research, prevention and care. Still, HIV and AIDS remains an epidemic in this country. That
is why my Administration is launching in the coming days a comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy focused on reducing new HIV infections, increasing access to care, and
reducing HIV-related health disparities. But government cannot address this important issue alone. We need the commitment of businesses, churches and faith groups, philanthropic
organizations, the scientific and medical communities, educational institutions and others. And all of us have a responsibility to reduce our risk and know our status, to continue to
support those already affected by this disease, and to fight the stigma and discrimination people still face. So on this National HIV Testing Day, let us all recommit to do our part to help
stop the spread of HIV and AIDS.
Source: The White House