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Being sure is a beautiful thing

Denver Public Health launches marketing campaign encouraging all people to be sure of their HIV status

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Following the momentum surrounding World AIDS Day, Denver Public Health has launched an HIV awareness campaign aimed at increasing voluntary HIV and STI testing, increasing awareness and referrals for PrEP (a daily medication that prevents HIV), and encouraging people living with HIV to stay engaged in care. 

While much progress has been made over the past decade to end the HIV epidemic, statistics show that there is still work to be done, and that HIV-related disparities persist among certain populations. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the United States. Of those currently living with HIV, one in seven don’t know it, and among young people ages 13-24, this number is one in two. When it comes to HIV, being sure of your status is the first step to making smart decisions about your health. 

HIV is both preventable and treatable. If your test results indicate that you are HIV negative, you can learn more about ways to prevent getting HIV in the future. Denver Public Health staff is available to talk with you about PrEP, a daily medication that prevents HIV. If your test results indicate that you are HIV positive, you can quickly begin care that will allow you to live a long and healthy life. In fact, HIV care is so effective that it can reduce your viral load to a level that is “undetectable,” which means you cannot give HIV to others. When people living with HIV start and stay in treatment, they are helping to end the HIV epidemic forever.  

There are dozens of HIV and STD testing sites in the Denver-Metro area, including Denver Public Health’s STD Clinic, that offer free, quick and confidential testing. Make a commitment to yourself and your community, and get tested today. Because being sure is a beautiful thing.