National HIV Testing Day

An estimated 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV, this is according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and today our Kylie Walker visited Eureka’s Public Health Clinic for national HIV testing day to find out more. HIV is a virus that attacks your immune system.

In most cases people living with HIV will show no symptoms, so Nurse, Erica Dykehouse says it’s important to get tested to know your status. A blood draw is required for all testing.

Dykehouse says HIV cannot be spread through every day social contact with someone infected with the virus.

To get tested for HIV you can call the Public Health Clinic in Eureka, or your local Planned Parenthood. You should always know your status.