World AIDS Day (WAD) is celebrated annually on December 1. The goal of WAD is to bring attention to the HIV epidemic by increasing awareness, speaking out against stigma, and calling for an increased response to move toward ending the epidemic in the U.S.

HIV or the human immunodeficiency virus is spread by coming in contact with blood, semen, vaginal fluids or breast milk of an infected person. AIDS is the late stage of HIV infection that occurs when the body’s immune system is very weak or badly damaged.

HIV continues to be a serious public health issue:

  • More than 700,000 American lives have been lost to HIV since 1981.
  • More than 1.1 million Americans are currently living with HIV and many more are at risk of HIV infection.
  • Without intervention, nearly 400,000 more Americans will be newly diagnosed over the next10 years, despite the availability of tools to prevent transmissions.
  • There is a real risk of an HIV resurgence due to several factors, including trends in injection and other drug use; HIV-related stigma; homophobia and transphobia; lack of access to HIV prevention, testing, and treatment; and a lack of awareness that HIV remains a health threat.

In 2020, 796 individuals were living with HIV in Montgomery County and 784 had a diagnosis of AIDS. In region 9 (Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties), the HIV incidence rate through September 2021 (5.3 per 100,000) is slightly higher compared to this time last year (4.8). Through September 2021, Montgomery County has the largest number of new HIV cases (36) followed by Clark (11). Through September 2021, Clark County has the highest HIV incidence rate (8.2 per 100,000) followed by Montgomery (6.8).

The theme for the 2021 is “Ending the HIV Epidemic: Equitable Access, Everyone’s Voice”. The goal is to reduce the number of new HIV infections in the U.S. by 75 percent by 2025, and then by at least 90 percent by 2030, for an estimated 250,000 total HIV infections prevented.

What is being done to end the HIV epidemic:

  • HIV medications that are taken as prescribed can help individuals live longer healthier lives, maintain an undetectable level, thus presenting no risk of transmitting the virus sexually.
  • Implementation of HIV care and prevention models that engage and retain patient in care.
  • Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily regimen proven to be highly effective inpreventing HIV infection for individuals at high risk, reducing the risk of acquiring HIV byup to 97 percent.
  • Syringe services programs (SSPs) dramatically reduce HIV risk and can provide an entry point for a range of services to help stop drug use, overdose deaths, and infectious diseases.
  • New systems to pinpoint where HIV infections are spreading most rapidly so health officials can respond swiftly with resources to limit the spread of new transmissions.

Do you know your status?The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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 STI’s.
  • 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.

The Ohio HIV/AIDS Prevention Committee of Region 9 (Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble Counties) is reminding you to know your HIV status by getting tested!

Testing Sites

Testing Hours

Clark County Health Department

529 E Home Road Springfield, OH 45503, (937) 390-5600

Call for testing information

Darke County Health District

300 Garst Avenue Greenville, OH 45331, (937) 548-4196

Call for testing information

Equitas Health

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

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Greene County Health Department

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

Call for testing information

Miami County Public Health Department

Reproductive Health Clinic

510 W. Water Street Troy, OH 45373, (937) 573-3520

Call for testing information

Preble County General Health District

Reproductive Health Clinic

615 Hillcrest Drive Eaton, OH 45320, (937) 472-0087

Call for testing information

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

Call for testing information

Call for testing information

Call for testing information

For more testing sites near you, call 800-CDC-INFO (232-4636), visit http://hivtest.cdc.gov, or, on your cell phone, text your ZIP code to KNOW IT (566948) or call 937.496.7133.

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