Health Dept. encouraging HIV testing
BURLINGTON — The Vermont Department of Health is working on a new campaign to encourage Vermonters to get tested for HIV at their own doctor’s office or at one of more than 30 free, anonymous testing sites around the state.
Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen said HIV testing should be considered a part of routine health screening.
He said it can take up to 11 years before a person with HIV develops any outward symptoms of AIDS. Early diagnosis can make a big difference in the health and lives of those who are infected.
The Health Department campaign provides information about how the virus affects health, the importance of early diagnosis, and the range of services available to those who test positive.
Most health insurance plans will cover an HIV test.