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Department of Health Recognizes National HIV Testing Day

June 27, 2011
 
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The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) joins health organizations around the world in recognizing June 27 as National HIV Testing Day: an annual event organized to promote HIV awareness and encourage people to learn their status.

According to MSDH Bureau of STD/HIV Director Dr. Nicholas Mosca, more than 9,500 Mississippians are living with HIV, and over half of all cases are among people 25 to 44 years of age. African Americans are disproportionately impacted by the disease, representing 73 percent of all cases in the state.

"HIV is a sexually transmitted disease. If you are not in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested, get tested now," said Mosca. "Anyone can receive free, confidential HIV testing at our county health departments."

Find a testing site near you by visiting MSDH at www.healthyms.com or calling MSDH at 1-888-343-7373, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-CDCINFO (1-800-232-4636), or by texting your 5 digit zip code to "KNOWIT" (566948).

For more information, visit www.healthyms.com. Also, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HealthyMS or follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/msdh.


Press Contact: MSDH Office of Communications, (601) 576-7667
Note to media: After hours or during emergencies, call 1-866-HLTHY4U (1-866-458-4948)

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Last reviewed on Jun 27, 2011
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