Misty Thompson, Case Management Specialist, Utah Department of Health, says if everyone knew their HIV status - even people who don't think they're at risk - we could stop the spread of HIV once and for all.
There is one case of HIV diagnosed in Utah every three days, roughly 120 new infections diagnosed a year.
Utah has the lowest HIV screening rate in the nation.
"Getting to Zero" is a collaborative initiative among HIV medical providers, community-based organizations, and state and local health departments that aims to reduce new HIV infections and HIV-related stigma, with the ultimate goal of zero HIV-related deaths in Utah.
Getting to Zero will focus on four key domains: Test, Treat, Prevent, and Respond.
With focused goals, strategies, and actions in these areas, health leaders can address the factors affecting communities and individuals impacted by HIV.
Uncommon ways HIV is transmitted:
• From mother to child during pregnancy, birth, or breastfeeding.
• By being stuck with an HIV-contaminated needle or other sharp object. This is a risk mainly for health care workers, is extremely rare, and can now be treated with PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis).
HIV cannot be transmitted through casual contact.
You cannot get HIV from:
• Air or water
• Insects or pets
• Saliva, sweat, tears, kissing, hugging, holding hands
• Toilet seats
Sharing food or drinks or utensils
For more information please visit: HIVandME.com