HIV Testing & Treatment as Prevention
Research released in late 2011 indicated those with HIV who are receiving antiretroviral therapy have very low amounts of the virus in their bodies, which can prevent the passing of the virus to others. Unfortunately, only half of those living with HIV are receiving consistent care and an estimated 28 percent have their virus under control. (Source: CDC)
The CDC now recommends that all Americans be tested for HIV at least once, and that those at greater risk get tested once a year or more, depending upon an individual’s situation and risk factors. Early detection of HIV and immediate and consistent treatment of the disease can not only extend the lifespan of the person infected, but also drastically reduces the spread of HIV.
Beginning in fall 2012, The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis awarded its first round of grants in line with the new national priority of funding HIV testing & treatment as prevention, which supports this latest research.
HIV Testing Sites
The Indiana State Department of Health’s Counseling, Testing, and Referral program coordinates the efforts of local HIV counseling and testing sites. Click here to find a site that offers counseling, testing and other services in your area.