The theme this year is "doing it my way", highlighting the variety of testing and treatment options available today.
Nationwide, more than 1.1 million people are living with HIV, but one in seven of them don't even know it.
He also said only 79 per cent of HIV-infected Canadians know they're infected, but he wants that number to get to 100 per cent. "All of those things have been done because we reversed UNC policy to introduce a health card which was to bar those people from getting HIV drugs".
There are several ways to test for HIV, but the most common one is testing the antigens or antibodies in the blood or oral fluid.
The Tippecanoe County Health Department says more than 12,000 Hoosiers are living with HIV. "Since it will not go away on it's own, it is important to get tested and know your status".
Doctors can perform HIV tests during routine physical exams.
He said the Government reversed the UNC's policy to introduce a health card because it "barred those people from getting HIV drugs". Everything is completely confidential, and you get your test results right on site. An estimated 15% of people living with HIV did not know they were infected, according to the study, but they accounted for about 40% of new HIV transmissions in the USA every year.
Health Wellness at Camp Rehoboth said, "we treat it as a chronic illness and it's really important that you're taking control of your choices so you don't wanna infect anyone else with HIV". It can also be an opportunity to learn more about prevention tools and strategies that can protect them from HIV, like pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and other prevention services. Studies have shown that providing antiretroviral therapy as early as possible after diagnosis improves a patient's health, reduces transmission, and can eventually lead to undetectable HIV viral loads.
"The stigmas that have been associated with HIV have made people not come forward to test", said Dr. Nnamdi Ndubuka, medical health officer with the Northern Intertribal Health Authority.