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Planned Parenthood Recognizes National HIV Testing Day
Date:6/25/2009

Encourages education and testing

Denver (Vocus) June 25, 2009 -- Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) is recognizing National HIV Testing Day, June 27, by encouraging people of all ages to learn about HIV, how it is transmitted and how to get tested.

HIV is transmitted in blood, semen, vaginal fluids or breast milk. Exposure to any of these fluids can put you at risk for HIV, which is most commonly spread through sexual intercourse (anal, vaginal, or oral), syringe or needle sharing, blood or blood products (rare in the United States) or being exposed to HIV before or during birth or through breast feeding. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 million people in the United States are living with HIV and out of those 1 million people, one out of five do not know they are infected. For this reason, testing for HIV is crucial. The Colorado AIDS Project reports that as of Sept. 30, 2008, there were 6,102 people known to be living with HIV and 10,613 people known to be living with HIV/AIDS in Colorado.

"Education and testing are crucial to preventing the spread of HIV," said PPRM President and CEO Vicki Cowart. "Planned Parenthood provides confidential HIV testing and our field educators are vigorously out in the community, empowering individuals with the skills and information they need to make responsible, healthy, life-saving decisions about their sexual health."

Throughout its four state region of Colorado, New Mexico, Southern Nevada and Wyoming, PPRM administered 11,150 HIV tests last year, an increase of almost 2,500 tests from 2007. PPRM's rapid HIV test offers results in 10 minutes or less.

"Getting tested for HIV is a normal part of health care. Knowing your status is a way to respect yourself and your partner," said Cowart.

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