World AIDS Day (WAD) is a time for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with the virus, and remember those who have died. The 2020 WAD theme, Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact, is especially poignant this year as our HIV community has been newly challenged by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 has not only forced us to adapt our response to HIV/AIDS in communities to ensure continuity of services, but also reinforced the urgency of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S. and around the world.

Montgomery County Health Commissioner, Jeff Cooper states, “The key to ending HIV in our communities begins with eliminating stigma and discrimination, and making sure people have access to testing, treatment and prevention options. While testing and treatment are critical, we must also work to remove barriers that keep people from accessing these vital services.”

In 2019, there were approximately 38 million people across the globe with HIV/AIDS. Of these, 36.2 million were adults and 1.8 million were children. An estimated 1.7 million individuals worldwide acquired HIV in 2019, marking a 23% decline in new HIV infections since 2010.

In 2019, Montgomery County reported 1,568 persons living with diagnosed HIV infection and 778 living with a diagnosis of AIDS. African Americans continue to represent the highest number of HIV infections, especially men who have sex with men. Stigma and discrimination continue to be
barriers, and many people still do not have access to confidential HIV testing as well as other
essential services.

The good news is community-based and self-testing have opened doors to helping people know their HIV status, and attention has been placed on the need for continued community support. Do you know your status? The CDC recommends the following:

  • All adults and adolescents from ages 13 to 64 should be tested at least once for HIV.
  • All pregnant women should be tested for HIV along with other sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from more frequent HIV testing
    (every 3 to 6 months).
  • Anyone who has unsafe sex or shares injection drug equipment should get tested for HIV at least once a year.

For information about HIV testing, counseling, educational interventions, syringe exchange services, Prep and linkage to care, please call an HIV testing location nearest you from the list below:

Clark County Combined Health District
529 E Home Rd, Springfield, OH 45503
(937) 390-5600

Equitas Health

1222 S. Patterson Blvd Suite 230, Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 853-3650

Family Health Services

5735 Meeker Rd, Greenville, OH 45331

(937) 548-9680

Greene County Public Health

360 Wilson Dr. Xenia, OH 45385
(937) 374-5600

Miami County Public Health Department

Reproductive Health Clinic

510 W. Water Street Troy, OH 45373

(937) 573-3520

Preble County General Health District

Reproductive Health Clinic

(937) 474-0087

615 Hillcrest Drive Eaton, OH 45320

Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County

Public Health Clinic

117 S. Main Street

Dayton, OH 45422

(937) 225-4550

Public Health Outreach Office

201 Riverside Drive, Suite 1-C

Dayton, OH 45405

(937) 496-7133

Dr. Charles R, Drew Health Center

1323 W. Third Street, Room # 608

Dayton, OH 45402

(937) 225-4023

For more testing sites near you, call 800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) or visit https://gettested.cdc.gov

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