June 26, 2020
Each year, on June 27, we join the CDC in observing National HIV Testing Day (NHTD). NHTD observance began in 1995 as a day to encourage people to get tested for HIV, know their status and get connect to prevention care, and treatment. In 2020, we focus on "Knowing: which is the theme set by HIV.org and is a call to action to:
- Know your HIV status by getting tested
- Recognize new ways to take an HIV test
- Understand treatment and prevention options
- Continue the momentum toward Ending the HIV Epidemic
According to HIV.gov, nearly 1 in 7 people have the HIV virus and are unaware. Even more people are unaware that medicine exists to prevent contracting and spreading HIV.
"Approximately 1.1 million people in the United Stets are living with HIV today. But not all of the know it. In fact, about 15% (or 1 in 7) of them are not aware that they are living with HIV. That means there are approximately 165,000 people in the U.S. who do not know that they are living with HIV. They are not getting the care and treatment that can preserve their health and protect their partners from getting HIV, too."
At Health Merch, we work around the clock to help organizations prepare unique outreach initiatives that will advance communities toward ending the HIV epidemic. We want to see an end to HIV and we want to be part of the solution to help raise awareness for testing, care and treatment. Health Merch is uniquely positioned to do this. As a leader in the promotional Health Care industry, our staff is prepared with in-depth knowledge of niche promotional campaigns that support these initiatives including HIV/AIDS Awareness, PrEP Awareness, End HIV, and more.
PrEP & Juntos PrEParados
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) is when people at risk for HIV take daily medicine to prevent HIV. PrEP can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout your body. When taken daily, PrEP is highly effective for preventing HIV from sex or injection drug use. Health Merch has designed turnkey custom, approachable campaigns that allow health and wellness centers to share information about the services they provide as it relates to PrEP. Check out our PrEP and Juntos PrEParados campaigns.
Our End HIV campaign is simply, straightforward and bold. Incentives and gift reminders are great ways to encourage new and existing patients to come in for check ups and testing. Customize our uniquely designed promotional items with website and contact information to remind your community to visit.
U = U
Undetectable means untransmittable. People living with HIV who take their medication as prescribed and have an undetectable viral load, stay healthy and have effectively no risk of transmitting HIV to their sexual partners. Health Merch is helping magnify this message about U=U to reduce stigmas and quash misinformation about HIV/AIDS. Visit our U = U campaign to see the best products to help you educate your communities. Also, check out positiveseries.org to create a digital campaign to accompany your custom printed U=U merch.
Learn more about NHTD, how to get tested, and locations to get get testing and support by visiting the CDC's Stop HIV Together site.