Navigation Links
PA Department of Health Recognizes 20th Anniversary of World AIDS Day; Urges HIV Testing

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of the Dec. 1 observance of World AIDS Day, Acting Secretary of Health Everette James today urged Pennsylvanians to be tested for HIV - the virus that causes AIDS. He also highlighted ongoing efforts to educate the public about the disease and how it is prevented.

"Our message is clear: regardless of your personal background, age, ethnicity or race, being tested for HIV is the only sure way to know your status and to protect your health," said James. "To effectively address HIV/AIDS in Pennsylvania, we are working to educate the public and ensure that prevention, testing, treatment, and counseling services are readily available across the state."

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) attacks the immune system and may be passed from person to person through the blood and some bodily fluids. In addition, infected pregnant women can pass HIV to their baby during pregnancy or delivery, and through breast-feeding.

Established by the World Health Organization and observed each year on Dec. 1, World AIDS Day aims to bring attention to the global AIDS epidemic. More than one million Americans are living with HIV/AIDS, with 56,000 new infections diagnosed each year -- one in four of which is among women. In Pennsylvania, 2,881 new HIV/AIDS cases were diagnosed and reported during 2007.

The Department of Health coordinates statewide HIV/AIDS prevention and care programs and administers activities through contracts with county and municipal health departments and other agencies. Through these programs, confidential HIV testing and counseling services are offered at locations across Pennsylvania. Some locations offer rapid HIV tests that can provide results in less than 30 minutes.

For more information about specific state programs and initiatives, visit

    CONTACT: Stacy Kriedeman
    (717) 787-1783

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Health
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. PA Agriculture Department Warns Consumers of Tainted Raw Milk Sold by Perry County Dairy
2. Justice Department to Hold Media Event to Demonstrate New Database for Matching Unidentified Remains and Missing Persons Information
3. Loma Linda University Medical Center Selects Beryl to Manage Call Center Interactions for Womens Services Programs and Departments
4. PA Department of Public Welfare Begins Outreach to Medical Assistance Consumers Following Burglary at State Office Building
5. PA Health Department Survey Shows Impact of Income, Gender, Other Factors on Health and Access to Health Care
6. Pennsylvania Department of Aging Receives Grant to Improve Alzheimers Support
7. Health Department Marks Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day
8. Partnership for a Drug-Free America and Colorado Springs Police Department Introduce Methamphetamine Prevention Program to Colorado Law Enforcement
9. Verathon Inc. Introduces GlideScope(R) Ranger Single Use Video Laryngoscope for Emergency Departments, EMS and Military; Enables Fast Intubations and Eliminates Time-Consuming Disinfection
10. Stryker Announces Resolution Related to March 2005 U.S. Department of Justice Subpoena
11. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Launches Effort in Five Michigan Cities with Department of Community Health to Enroll Uninsured Children in MIChild
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... through sharing, the 2016 Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs meeting will ... on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with a ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Keeping in mind challenges faced by parents ... consultation, has collaborated with a leading web-based marketplace for extra-curricular activities for children ... and bring advice from parenting experts within their reach. As a part of ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... Avid collector, Andrew Hawley from Vintage Rock Posters, ... posters. This is one of Joplin's most famous and beautiful concert posters. The concert ... Michigan in Ann Arbor. The According to Hawley, "It is hard to believe that ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , ... November 26, 2015 , ... ... real-time eReferral system for diagnostic imaging in the Waterloo region. Using the Ocean ... Nuclear Medicine tests directly from their electronic medical record (EMR) without the need ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... PRMA Plastic Surgery is updating ... our surgeons performed their 6,000th free flap breast reconstruction surgery! , “What an accomplishment ... day excited to rebuild lives and it’s an honor to have served all of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... DUBLIN , November 26, 2015 ... has announced the addition of the  ... in the European Therapeutic Drug Monitoring ... Forecasts, Competitive Intelligence, Emerging Opportunities"  report ... ) has announced the addition ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... DUBLIN , November 26, 2015 ... of the "Self Administration of High Viscosity ... ) has announced the addition of ... report to their offering. --> ... the addition of the "Self Administration of ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... November 26, 2015 ... the "Radioimmunoassay Market by Type (Reagents ... Industry, Academics, Clinical Diagnostic Labs), Application (Research, ... to 2020" report to their offering. ... the addition of the "Radioimmunoassay Market ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: