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Add this to your to-do list, stat: Get tested for HIV, and ask your partner to do so, too. With World AIDS Day around the corner (itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tomorrow, December 1st), thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no better time to take this important step toward a healthier, safer life.
If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re still on the fence about getting tested, these stats from a recent report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) might send you running to your doctorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s office. What you need to know: People ages 13 to 24 account for more than one fourth of new HIV infections in the US each year. Of these, over half are completely unaware that theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re HIV-positive. And being unawareÃ¢â‚¬”and not catching HIV early onÃ¢â‚¬”can be a major health threat.
Some people living with HIV might look and feel healthy for years, but the virus still wreaks havoc in their bodies, destroying the blood cells that help fight diseases, according to the CDC. See, when it comes to HIV, ignorance is certainly not bliss.