Today is National HIV Testing Day.
Federal, state and local health officials are urging Americans to get tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA) estimates as many as a quarter million Americans are infected with the virus, but are not aware of it.
The nationwide effort to test for the virus is an attempt to stem the spread of the disease. Of the new infections reported each year, an estimated 50 percent are among people 25 years old and younger.
Terje Anderson, NAPWA's Executive Director, suggests that people who want to get tested but want to remain anonymous should contact their local health clinic about testing that does not require you leave your name.