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Published June 26, 2013, 03:23 PM

ND health department urges HIV testing

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health is urging people at risk for HIV and AIDS to get tested in observance of National HIV Testing Day on Thursday.

By: Associated Press, INFORUM

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health is urging people at risk for HIV and AIDS to get tested in observance of National HIV Testing Day on Thursday.

A total of 580 cases of HIV/AIDS cases have been reported in North Dakota since surveillance began in 1984. It is estimated that more than one million people in the United States are HIV positive, and approximately 56,300 new infections occur every year.

The Health Department says behaviors that put people at risk include unprotected sex, needle sharing for drug use and unsafe tattooing and body piercing practices. About one-fourth of the people estimated to be HIV positive are believed to be unaware of their infections.

HIV testing is available at test sites throughout the state, and results are available in 20 minutes.

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Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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