NHTDNational HIV Testing Day
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When the number of new HIV infections diagnosed each day during the 2 weeks before and after NHTD was compared with new HIV infections diagnosed on June 27, the annual national testing event identified the largest number of new HIV infections compared with any of the other days (Figure 2).
National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) effectively targets groups disproportionately affected by HIV.
Promoting NHTD is an effective strategy to increase HIV testing and thereby, the number of persons who are aware of their HIV status.
However, a peak in HIV testing and new HIV diagnosis was observed on NHTD compared with all other days.
As a public health strategy consistent with the National HIV/ AIDS Strategy, NHTD identifies a number of new HIV infections in populations disproportionately affected by HIV and might increase awareness of HIV status among HIV-infected persons.
For approximately 2 decades, June 27th has been designated as National human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) Testing Day (NHTD) to promote HIV testing and increase awareness of the importance of getting tested for HIV.
Compared with the 2 weeks before and after NHTD, the highest number of newly identified HIV positive persons occurred on June 27th each year.