National HIV Testing Day

National HIV Testing Day


National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) was first observed on June 27, 1995. This is a day to encourage people to get tested for HIV, know their status, and get linked to care and treatment.

The theme for 2024, “Level up your self-love: check your status” emphasizes valuing yourself, showing yourself compassion and respect, and honoring your health needs with self-love. Knowing your HIV status helps you choose options to stay healthy. Visit CDC’s NHTD page in English and Spanish to learn more.

HIV testing, including self-testing, is the pathway to engaging people in care to keep them healthy, regardless of their test result. People who receive a negative test result can take advantage of HIV prevention tools such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), condoms, and other sexual health services such as vaccines and testing for sexually transmitted infections. People who receive a positive test result can rapidly start HIV treatment (antiretroviral therapy, or ART) to stay healthy.

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There are any number of resources to find local free HIV testing. Just for National Testing Day, you can visit participating Wallgreens for a free test. You can search on the CDC’s testing database using your zip code to find neighborhood testing centers. You can also order a free in-home HIV test kit through the mail through our program.