Last week on June 27th, marked the 19th annual national HIV testing day.  The CDC promotes that everyone be tested. Knowing one's status will help in prohibiting the spread of HIV in hopes to erradicate the disease all together.

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Knowing your status is not only important when it comes to prevention in spreading the virus, but also early detection can mean a longer and healthier life. If you grew up in the 80's and 90's, you remember the awareness campaigns in school. You recall the moment Magic Johnson came forward and made his positive status public. You also remember that HIV inevitably lead to AIDS and was treated as a death sentence.  Today, Earvin 'Magic' Johnson is still alive and well. People with a positive status who receive diagnosis and treatment early on are living longer and healthier lives than ever. That progress is terrific, but not nearly as terrific as the possibility of a cure.

So, according to a  story posted on MSN, Danish scientists say they are close to it. The article reveals that the current treatment being developed would bring the virus to the surface of its cell, making it more accessible to a vaccination in conjunction with one's immune system to expel the virus.

If you are between the ages of 15 and 65 and considered at risk due to sexual behavior or drug addiction, empower yourself with the knowledge. Testing is easy, free and confidential.  The Local Experts at Citizens for Citizens Family Planning offer testing and counseling on all STD's as well as testing for HIV. If you have any questions about whether you're behavior puts you at risk, click here and visit our expert page.