Sunday, June 12, 2005

Take the test, take control.

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. But in addition to HIV, there are numerous sexually transmitted diseases for which you can be tested and treated. Consider this:

> - Taking the test takes away the anxiety of not knowing.
> - STDs can cause serious health problems, particularly when left untreated.
> - Early diagnosis and treatment will help you and your intimate partner get and stay healthy.
> - The tests for HIV and other STDs don't take much time, and at some clinics they are free or can be paid for on a sliding scale, based on income.

So what are you going to do?

* To find an STD testing facility near you, click here or here.

* Call the CDC National STD Hotline at 1 (800) 227-8922 or 1 (800) 342-2437. For information en Espanol, call 1 (800) 344-7432. For TTY call 1 (800) 243-7889. Health communication specialists will provide information on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, HPV/genital warts, herpes, and HIV/AIDS. They can also recommend testing facilities near you.

* Click here for information from the CDC on various STDs including Bacterial Vaginosis, Chlamydia, Genital Herpes, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis (viral), HIV/AIDS & STDs, Human Papillomavirus Infection, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Syphilis, Trichomoniasis.

Be responsible. Get tested. You can use the information to protect yourself and those you love. Take the tests and take control.

1 comment:

Karama said...

The CDC Hotline contact info has changed:

Call the CDC National STD Hotline at 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) in english or espaƱol or TTY: 1-888-232-6348. Health communication specialists are available 24 hours per day and "offer anonymous, confidential HIV/AIDS information to the American public. They also provide referrals to appropriate services, including clinics, hospitals, local hotlines, counseling and testing sites, legal services, health departments, support groups, educational organizations, and service agencies throughout the United States."