June 27th is National HIV Testing Day

National HIV Testing Day is geared towards promoting awareness of HIV and encouraging people to get tested for HIV – the key to eradicating this threatening virus.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is spread by human blood. Because it is often asymptomatic once contracted, HIV can go unnoticed in the body for up to ten years. In the meantime, several others may contract the virus.

The HIV/AIDS virus was discovered in 1981, and is responsible for more than 35 million deaths globally since then. Today, it remains the leading cause of death in women worldwide. Every two minutes a teenager contracts HIV.

Due to significant laboratory advances, HIV/AIDS is no longer as bleak a picture as it once was – we are now able to understand enough about the virus to create better treatment plans that can greatly extend the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS.

The key to stopping the spread of HIV is prevention. Testing plays a crucial role in this, as it is the only way to determine whether a person has been infected.  The testing process entails providing a blood specimen; results are available in as little as 24 hours.

All around the world people are taking a stand against HIV/AIDS. The (RED) foundation (https://red.org/) was started in 2006 and has raised over $465 million for the research and treatment of HIV/AIDS. The organization has made it easy for us as consumers to be a part of the life-saving cause – companies (such as Bank of America, Apple, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, and may more) have partnered with the (RED) foundation by donating proceeds from certain products towards the fight against HIV/AIDS.

At Vista Clinical, we offer HIV blood testing for anyone with a doctor’s order. Our self-pay pricing for the HIV screening is just $20, plus a $15 specimen collection fee! Vista Clinical encourages you to educate yourself about HIV and HIV prevention, and get tested regularly at any of our +30 facilities. No appointment necessary.

To find the location nearest you, visit https://vistaclinical.wpengine.com/locations/.

The virus has been introduced during our lifetime – let’s do our part in eradicating this deadly virus in the same lifetime! Prevention is key in stopping the spread of HIV. Get tested today!

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