The idea behind National HIV Testing Day isnâ€™t that everyone run out on their lunch break and get tested.
(Of course, no one in the HIV prevention and treatment community would complain if that did happen.)
Chances are good that the most at risk populations â€“ young, lower income minorities â€“ donâ€™t enjoy the luxury of a lunch break long enough to â€œdrop in.â€
But that excuse isnâ€™t flying with HIV prevention professionals, who will be on hand Wednesday to offer free tests and counseling at community centers and clinics around the country.
Of the estimated 33 million people living with HIV worldwide, less than 20 percent of them know they are infected. Those that do know their status are likelier to seek the appropriate amount of care and support, prevention advocates say.
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