Everyone is "Doing It": The CDC's new HIV testing campaign (VIDEO)

On December 7, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a new campaign, Doing It, which encourages everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 to get tested for HIV.

The vital campaign, launched by the CDC's Act Against AIDS initiative at the 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference, highlights the necessity of HIV testing across identities and communites: people of all sexualities, races, and genders are urged to participate.

Doing It recommends that everyone in the recommend age group above should be tested for HIV at least once, while people who have higher risk of contracting HIV should be tested more frequently.

The objective of Doing It is to normalize HIV testing as something that everyone should do as part of living a healthy life. Of the 1.2 million Americans living with HIV, almost 1 in 8 are unware of their positive status. By encouraging everyone to get tested, Doing It aims to reduce the stigma surrounding HIV testing and raise awareness about the importance of knowing one's HIV status in order to create a healthier, more informed world.

"Knowing your HIV status can give you peace of mind—and testing is the only way you can know for sure. Knowing your status is also important because it helps you make healthy decisions to prevent getting or transmitting HIV. HIV testing is a normal part of life and if everyone else is doing it, you can too! Even if you find out you're HIV-positive, getting treated for HIV improves your health, prolongs your life, and greatly lowers your chance of spreading HIV to others." says Doing It's site.

Aside from advising people to get tested for HIV, Doing It also stresses the importance of spreading awareness and encouraging others to get tested.

The Doing It website includes many resources, including information on the basics of HIV testing, where to get tested, how to get involved, and campaign materials designed to spread the word about the campaign using real peoples' stories.

This year, GLAAD partnered with the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation to create a moving PSA urging people to start necessary conversations about HIV.

To learn more about Doing It, please visit their website, available in English and Spanish.

Check out some of Doing It's videos and posters below, sharing real peoples' stories:

 

 

 

 

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