An estimated 1.1 million people are living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the United States (CDC), of which 2,926 are living in Kansas (ADSVu). Do you know your status?

If left untreated, the chronic illness will progress through three stages; the final stage is AIDS. According to the CDC, people with untreated AIDS typically survive about three years. There is no cure for HIV, so early detection is critical. If someone tests positive for HIV, they can stay healthy for years with proper medical care and by taking antiretroviral therapy medication.

We work diligently to increase HIV awareness in an effort to make getting tested a part of one’s routine health care. In fact, we support the CDC’s recommendation that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once, and people at higher risk should get tested more frequently.

Someone who learns of their positive status is empowered to make wise decisions about their health and prevent transmission of the disease to others. Receiving a positive test result can be an emotional time, and treatment should begin immediately. Therefore, we are able to provide patients with counseling services and referrals to specialists while partnering with them to customize a care plan, which includes regular blood tests.

Our free HIV test takes only 60 seconds to administer and receive initial results — less time than it took to read this article! If you believe you are at risk, please schedule an appointment at our Central Clinic (527 N. Grove) or call 316-262-2415.

To learn more about our HIV Testing and Counseling Services visit here.

For more information about HIV Prevention best practices visit the CDC’s page here.