State health officials are urging Hoosiers to learn their HIV status.
This is part of National HIV Testing Day on June 27.
HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, weakens a person’s immune system by destroying cells that fight disease and infection.
HIV can be transmitted sexually, through shared drug injections, through blood, breast milk, and other bodily fluids.
HIV can progress to a severe condition called acquired immune deficiency (AIDS).
There is no cure for HIV, but it can be successfully managed as a chronic disease with medical care.
Health officials say testing and early participation in HIV care are critical parts of managing HIV infections and preventing the spread of disease.
In 2015, 543 Indiana residents were newly diagnosed with HIV and 78 were diagnosed with AIDS.
11,704 Indiana residents were living with HIV and AIDS at the end of 2015.
To learn more, call the HIV Services Hotline at 866-588-4948.