SNOHOMISH COUNTY –-Up to 300,000 people across the United States are infected with HIV but are unaware of their status, according to the National Association of People Living with AIDS, the sponsor for National HIV Testing Day, June 27.
In Snohomish County, individuals who are most at risk for HIV/AIDS infection are men who have sex with men (MSM), injecting drug users and their needle-sharing and sex partners. Local health officials note that there also is an increasing proportion of new infections among women and MSM of color.
“Our county ranks third-highest in Washington with five percent of all AIDS cases in the state,” said Dennis Worsham, HIV/STD Prevention Program Manager for Snohomish Health District. “We have learned a lot about HIV/AIDS in the 20 years since it was first recognized in this country,” said Worsham, “but there still is no cure—and the Health District is committed to preventing the spread of this disease.”
To inquire about HIV symptoms and testing locations, call 425.339.5251. More information is available at the Health District Web site: www.snohd.org.
Established in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works to improve the health of individuals, families and communities through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats.