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National HIV Testing Day

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Friday is National HIV Testing Day, and people here in Madison can get tested for free.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts nearly one in six Americans are living with HIV and don't know they have it. Fewer than half of all Americans have been tested for HIV.

The Aids Network provides free testing all year long in southern Wisconsin.

"Part of the prevention is knowing your status and going forward with that," Joel Duffin, a prevention specialist with the AIDS Network, said. "For myself being HIV positive, once I know that I'm positive, or somebody knows that they're positive, then they get linked to care and then they start their medications."

The CDC recommends everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 be tested for HIV as part of their routine healthcare.

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