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VA Encourages HIV Tests for All Veterans

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Location: Washington, DC

The Department of Veterans Affairs is encouraging all Veterans to be tested for HIV at least once in their lives.

"VA offers HIV testing as part of its comprehensive, world-class care for the men and women who have served this Nation in uniform," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. "Testing, regardless of age or risk factors, is an important step to healthier, longer lives."

Some VA facilities offer HIV testing on a walk-in basis or through routine primary care appointments. Others offer testing as part of special health fairs. More information about the benefits of being tested is available at www.hiv.va.gov.

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day, designed to raise awareness of the importance of early detection, which can help prevent the spread of the virus, extend life expectancy and reduce overall medical expenses.

It is estimated that 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and one out of five are unaware they are infected.

VA operates one of the nation's largest integrated health care systems in the country. With a health care budget of about $50 billion, VA expects to provide care to 6.3 million patients during 920,000 hospitalizations and nearly 90 million outpatient visits this year. VA's health care network includes 152 major medical centers and more than 800 community-based outpatient clinics.


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