WORLD AIDS DAY
In recognition of World AIDS Day on December 1, Express Family Care encourages everyone in the Oklahoma City Metro to get tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In the United States, about 1 in 7 people who have HIV don’t know it.
The only way to know for sure whether or not you have HIV is to get tested. You could have HIV and still feel healthy. Everyone ages 15 to 65 needs to get tested at least once. Some people may need to get tested more often.
To find an HIV testing location near you, text your ZIP code to KNOWIT (566948) or use this online locator.
HIV is passed from one person to another by:
- Having unprotected sex with a person who has HIV
- Sharing needles with someone who has HIV
- Breastfeeding, pregnancy, or childbirth if the mother has HIV
- Getting a transfusion of blood that’s infected with HIV (very rare in the United States)
Learn more about HIV/AIDS and how to prevent this disease.
- There are approximately 5,900 people living with HIV in Oklahoma.
- The highest concentration of these people is in Oklahoma County.
Around the world, about 37 million people are living with HIV. In the United States, about 38,500 people get infected with HIV every year. World AIDS Day is a global initiative to raise awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education about HIV and AIDS.
For more information or for testing, visit Express Family Care.
Wishing you abundant blessings this holiday season.
Merry Christmas from all of us at Express Family Care.
Jimmy Tisdale is a graduate of the OU Family Nurse Practitioner Program. He focuses on providing prompt, thorough care while educating patients about their conditions and ways to stay healthy using current evidence-based research.
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