June 27, 2019, is National HIV Testing Day, and DHEC is encouraging people to get tested for HIV, know their status, and get into treatment right away if they have HIV.
In observance of the day and to continue its work to prevent and control HIV, DHEC will be sponsoring a free testing event at local health departments. Clients can be tested for HIV, STDs, and Hepatitis C at no cost.
Click on the button above to find a Testing Location.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1.1 million people in the United States have HIV, and 1 in 7 of them don’t know they have it. It is important for people to get tested and know their diagnosis so that those who have HIV can get treatment as soon as possible.
As of December 31, 2017, there are nearly 20,000 South Carolina residents living with diagnosed HIV infection (including AIDS). Between 2016 and 2017, 1,500 people were newly diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in SC. Of those newly diagnosed, 66 percent were African a.m.erican, 22 percent were white, and 8 percent were Hispanic.