Monday, November 26, 2012

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day

William T
In recognition of those who have been affected by HIV and AIDS, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) asks everyone to wear a red ribbon on National World AIDS Day, Saturday, December 1, 2012.

There could not be a better time to introduce William Tinley, JCPH’s new HIV Outreach coordinator, who urges everyone in the community get an HIV test.  William is passionate about his work at the HIV clinic and has already started a blog to educate people about the virus. On behalf of JCPH, William asks, “Do you know your status?”  

According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 1.2 million people are living with HIV and 1 out of every 5 is not even aware that their status is positive.  They also estimate 50,000 Americans are newly infected every single year.

Taking a look at the epidemic in the state of Colorado alone, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Surveillance Report through September, 2012, reveals that the total number of people living with HIV disease continued to increase from 10,459 in 2008 to 11,512 through September 2012. The total number of people living with HIV disease in Colorado increases at a rate of about 3 percent per year.

The only way for someone to know if they have HIV is to take the HIV test. Knowing your status can prevent you from inadvertently infecting someone else. There is no cure for HIV, but there are new treatment options allowing people infected with HIV to live healthy, productive lives.
Get HIV counseling and testing one of our conveniently located HIV testing clinics.  With a rapid test, you can even get results during your visit.  Make an appointment today by calling 303-239-7078.     

Friday, November 2, 2012

Jefferson County Public Health offers no cost, confidential HIV testing and counseling. Please contact 303 239 7078 to schedule an appointment today.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Daily Fact about HIV:

Knowledge is massive power in the fight against HIV infection and transmission. According to the CDC website, the vast majority of persons who know that they are infected with HIV do not transmit the virus to others. The statistics reveal that at least 95% of those living with HIV infection did not transmit HIV to others in 2006. One of the reasons for the decline in HIV transmission: improved HIV testing. Knowledge is power. Jefferson County Public Health offers no charge, confidential HIV testing and counseling at its Lakewood and Arvada clinic sites. Call 303 239 7078 to make an appointment today.