World AIDS/HIV Day has been in existence for over 20 years and gives people around the world an opportunity to react to and reflect on a virus that has killed millions worldwide. According to The Kaiser Family Foundation, more than 33 million people are living with HIV globally. More than 1.1 million people are currently estimated to be living with HIV in the United States (at least 21 percent are unaware that they are living with the disease). America’s health centers are determined to spread the word and encourage those in the community to get tested. David Stevens, MD, Associate Medical Officer and Director of NACHC Quality Center had this to say:
This designated day highlights AIDS prevention and diagnosis, and demonstrates our commitment to toil with patients and communities to eradicate this disease.
Health Centers like the Ryan-NENA Community Health Center in New York, NY, Care Alliance Health Center in Cleveland, OH and Unity Health Care in Washington, DC, are coming together with their communities and spreading awareness by providing various activities such as HIV testing and candlelight vigils. According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the General Accounting Office (GAO) health centers have become models for screening, diagnosing and managing chronic conditions such as HIV.
Please view NACHC’s press release on World AIDS/HIV Day!