Wednesday is National HIV testing day

Tomorrow, Wednesday June 27, is National HIV testing day. In light of that, the Connecticut Department of Public Health is encouraging Connecticut residents to get tested for HIV.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that approximately one in five people with HIV do not know they are infected. According to DPH, more than 10,000 Connecticut residents are known to be living with HIV. Over 2,000 additional people in the state may have HIV but do not know it.

Several agencies throughout the state offer HIV testing at no charge. Visit, or call 860-509-7801 to find out where to get tested.

In addition, people can locate local HIV testing sites by visiting or sending a text message with their ZIP code to “KNOWIT” (566948).

Anyone who is 13 years of age or older can be treated or tested confidentially and without parental consent. The CDC recommends that everyone 13-64 years old be tested for HIV.

Amanda Cuda