Maine CDC Press Release

June 26, 2012

Maine CDC Encourages Testing for HIV

AUGUSTA – In recognition of National HIV Testing Day on June 27, the Maine Center for Disease Control’s HIV, STD, & Viral Hepatitis Program encourages Maine residents to get tested for HIV, (human immunodeficiency virus) the virus that causes AIDS.

The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. Many people with HIV don’t have any symptoms. In the United States, one in five people living with HIV don't know they have it. “Even if you don’t feel sick, getting early treatment for HIV is important,” said Dr. Sheila Pinette, Director of the Maine CDC. “Early treatment can help you live a longer, healthier life.”

For more information about getting tested for HIV, talk to your health care provider or visit http://mainepublichealth.gov/hiv .