National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) is an annual observance each June 27 to promote HIV testing in the United States. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1.2 million people in the U.S. are currently living with HIV, and one in seven of them don’t know that they are infected.
The NHTD theme for 2021 is “My Test, My Way,” which emphasizes that there are different ways and places to be tested for HIV, including at home with a self-test. “The theme provides opportunities to talk about the testing options available and to empower audiences to choose based on their preferences and convenience,” according to CDC. “HIV testing is easy, fast, confidential, and safe, and HIV self-tests can be done when and where an individual chooses.” This year, many local health departments and community-based organizations, as well as CDC, are distributing free HIV self-testing kits with funding from the Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative.
To help you, your patients or clients, and at-risk communities prepare for and mark the day, we’ve compiled an annotated list of resources focusing on HIV testing.
My Test, My Way: Lessons Learned and Innovations in HIV Testing – At this webcast organized by Primary Care Development Corporation and the New England AIDS Education and Training Center, a panel of experts will discuss lessons learned and innovations made in HIV testing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar will take place on June 24 at 1 p.m. EDT, and people may register at this link.
National HIV Testing Day (HIV.gov) – This resource page for NHTD includes a variety of materials to help organizations raise awareness about HIV testing, and to encourage everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 to get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care.
Fact Sheets, Web Pages, and Resources
HIV Testing 101 (CDC) – This is an easy-to-read fact sheet in question-and-answer (Q&A) format. The first page is in English, and the second page is in Spanish.
Testing (CDC) – The English-language version of this web page divides HIV testing information into several topic categories with answers to common questions about HIV testing in plain language. Also available in Spanish.
HIV Testing (HIVinfo) – This fact sheet covers what HIV testing is, why it is important, who should be tested, where to get testing, the types of HIV tests, and confidentiality in HIV testing. Also available in Spanish.
HIV Testing (The Well Project) – This fact sheet provides basic information about HIV testing in Q&A format, as well as links to other testing resources.
HIV Testing (Avert) – This webpage links to information about why, when, and how to get tested for HIV, what happens after people receive HIV test results, and personal stories about HIV testing.
HIV Testing in the United States (Kaiser Family Foundation) – This issue brief includes sections with important dates in HIV testing history, testing statistics broken down by race/ethnicity, U.S. testing recommendations and requirements, insurance coverage of HIV testing, testing sites and policies, testing techniques, and what happens after someone receives a positive HIV test result.
GetTested: National HIV, STD, and Hepatitis Testing (CDC) – This webpage includes answers to frequently-asked questions about HIV, STD, and hepatitis testing, as well as a search feature to help people find nearby testing sites, providers of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and organizations that provide condoms for free or low cost.
Let’s Stop HIV Together (CDC) – This is the webpage for CDC’s Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign, which includes many materials related to HIV testing, including support for couples to discuss getting tested together and for people to do self-testing if they are most comfortable with that option. The site also has links to banners, brochures, fact sheets, palm cards, posters, and videos to promote HIV testing.
HIV Testing Guidelines and Recommendations
HIV Guidelines and Related Resources: HIV Testing (CDC) – This web page has links to many resources, including guidelines for HIV testing in clinical and nonclinical settings, HIV laboratory testing and reporting of test results, and HIV testing of organ donors.
HIV Self Testing Guidance (CDC) – In a “Dear Colleague” letter dated April 28, 2020, CDC officials provided guidance to HIV providers regarding the use of HIV self-testing during the COVID-19 pandemic – a time when many face-to-face interactions with patients/clients have been disrupted.
Screening in Clinical Settings (CDC) – This web page provides information and resources for providers and the public on HIV testing in clinical settings.
HIV Testing in Nonclinical Settings (CDC) – This web page provides information and resources for providers and the public on HIV testing in nonclinical settings.
Recent Reports from CDC’s MMWR Focusing on HIV Testing
HIV Testing Outcomes Among Blacks or African Americans – 50 Local U.S. Jurisdictions Accounting for the Majority of New HIV Diagnoses and Seven States with Disproportionate Occurrences of HIV in Rural Areas, 2017