FORT HOOD, Texas - Testing her knowledge on HIV and AIDS, Fia Leiato (right) fills out a quiz created by Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center's Public Health Nursing department, as part of its observance of World AIDS Day Dec. 1.
More than one million people live with HIV and an estimated 56,300 people in the U.S. will be infected this year, according to data from the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS. Countries around the globe participated in various World AIDS Day activities to reinforce the HIV prevention message.
CRDAMC public health nurses Capt. Lakeisha Jones (center) and Capt. Tranessia Murphy set up at the Clear Creek PX during lunch and used the quiz, along with informational brochures and condoms, to help educate the Fort Hood community on HIV/AIDS.
"It's just so important that everyone knows about the risks and health issues associated with AIDS. We give briefings four days a week to Soldiers and thought we would be able to reach a wider audience by setting up over here," Murphy said.
Jones added that the only way to know for sure if you have HIV is to get tested.
"It's especially important to get tested at least once a year if you are at high risk of infection. You could have HIV and still feel healthy," she said. "Many doctors recommend HIV testing for all teens and adults between the ages of 13 and 64. You can call any one of our five Communicable Disease Services clinics to schedule an appointment for a test. All test results are confidential."