Know your status, get tested for HIV/AIDS
June 19, 2017 at 6:18 p.m.
Updated June 20, 2017 at 6 a.m.
When you hear talk about "status" it usually refers to financial wealth, power or that reoccurring notification that you see on your Facebook feed that tells you about your friend's new romantic relationship or loss of.
But, when you hear the phrase "know your status," it's a phrase that emphasizes the importance and responsibility of one being tested for HIV and knowing if they are positive with HIV or negative, not have HIV.
To locate a free testing site or event, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at gettested.cdc.gov and entering in your ZIP code or city, state.
Another way to find out more about testing and HIV/AIDS related information is by using twitter and Facebook and typing #Doingit.
In May 2016, the CDC released an issue brief with data showing that an estimated 44 percent of all people living with an HIV diagnosis are in the southern states. Also, it is reported that fewer people living with HIV in the south are aware of their infection than in any other region, which is why it is so important to make HIV testing a part of your wellness.
An opportunity to test locally will be at the Victoria County Public Health Department on June 27, which is also National HIV Testing Day. This is a national day known for encouraging people to take advantage of HIV testing, especially if free. This is a great opportunity considering that usually regular testing ranges from $30-$50.
We encourage you to come out and take part in this event and know your status.
For more information, call the Health Department at 361-578-6281 or check out our website at vcphd.org.
Alphonso Scallion is the HIV/AIDS Resource Program manager for the Victoria County Health Department.