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Thanks to modern technology, it’s easier for people to know their HIV status
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Thanks to modern technology, it’s easier for people to know their HIV status

STOCK PHOTO HIV testing has grown in sophistication and accessibility, which helps people understand their status earlier. It’s been over 20 years since the United States observed its first National HIV Testing Day on June 27, 1995. But because Black people are still contracting the virus at higher rates than other groups, advocates say, folks still need to get tested. “The thing that we know about HIV is that the earlier you know your HIV status, the longer you can live. That is a fact,” said Rae Lewis-Thornton, an activist who’s been advocating for HIV prevention and care for over four decades. “Testing is even more incredibly important because you can’t get treatment if you don’t know your HIV status.” About 560,0...