Healthy People 2020: Reproductive and Sexual Health

The National Association of People with AIDS

“Today, June 21, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data showing that in 2009 an estimated 1,148,200 adults and adolescents age 13 and older were living with HIV in the United States, and 81.9% of them were aware of their infection. The prevention of HIV transmission, testing to diagnose HIV, and prompt medical care for HIV infection are essential components of Reproductive and Sexual Health. Knowledge of an individual’s HIV status is central to HIV treatment and prevention.

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), an annual event to raise awareness of the importance of knowing one’s HIV status and to encourage people to get tested for HIV. To commemorate NHTD, this month we are focusing on one of the two Reproductive and Sexual Health Indicators—persons living with HIV who know their serostatus.

Receiving reproductive health services is another essential component of Reproductive and Sexual Health. For many, reproductive health services are the entry point into the medical care system. These services improve health and reduce costs by not only addressing pregnancy prevention, testing and treatment for HIV and STDs, and prenatal care, but also by screening for intimate partner violence and reproductive cancers, providing substance abuse treatment referrals, and counseling on nutrition and physical activity.” – Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

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