In honor of National HIV Testing Day, the Kentucky Department for Public Health is promoting routine HIV testing and awareness.
The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate is that one out of five people living with HIV in the U.S. is unaware of his or her HIV status. The CDC estimates that someone is newly infected with the HIV virus every 9.5 minutes in the U.S.
CDC recommends routine HIV screening for all people age 13 to 64. People who are at a higher risk for infection should be tested at least annually. People at high risk include those with multiple sex partners or whose sex partners have multiple sex partners, injection drug-users and their sex partners, people who exchange sex for money or drugs, men who have sex with men, and sex partners of someone with HIV.
HIV testing will take place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, June 29, at the LaRue County Health Department, 215 E. Main St., Hodgenville. For more information, call 358-3844.