Sunday was national HIV testing dayPosted: Updated:
It's been almost 30 years since the discovery of HIV and AIDS. Despite the advancement of treatments and longer life expectancies, activists still find themselves battling the stigma that's gone along with the disease.
One organization is committed to getting everyone to find out their HIV status.
But having the disease nowadays isn't like it was in the 80's and 90's.
Luis ortega and the southern arizona aids foundation have been trying to spread that word through out the community. But with so much stigma out there, it's been tough, "The diagnosis became synonomus with death and so obviously we're not there anymore. If someone test positive now, and they can get into treatment they can live healthy lives for a really long time."
Sunday was national HIV testing day, and they want everyone to get tested.
Luis explains, "One of the things we do know is that approx 21% of people in the United States are positive and dont know it." And they say those people are responsible for 75% of new HIV cases. A statistic they want to go down and eventually eliminate all together.