close Exit Site If you are in danger, please use a safer computer, or call a local hotline, or the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224, or 911 if it is safe to do so. Learn more technology safety tips. There is always a computer trail, but you can leave this site quickly.
Donate Now Exit Site Add
questions banner
Action Alert

Join us in urging your Members of Congress to act now and prevent catastrophic cuts to th [Read More]

Take Action

Do you know your status?

June 27, 2015

Today is National HIV Testing Day! Use this opportunity to get the facts, get tested, and take control of your health. Knowing your status is an important step to taking care of yourself and getting connected to life-saving healthcare.

In the United States, one in eight people living with HIV don’t know their status. It is essential to know your status AND get re-tested any time you engage in higher-risk behaviors.

The Positively Safe program at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) recognizes National HIV Testing Day and encourages all people to get tested. Through Positively Safe, we shine a light on the unique challenges that women and survivors of domestic violence face in taking control of their health.

With a consistent regimen of medication and support from healthcare providers, we know that people can live healthy lives with HIV. However, less than half of women diagnosed with HIV are receiving care, causing unnecessary illness and, in some cases, early death. Furthermore, women living with HIV who have experienced abuse are less likely to maintain medical care, often as a result of the barriers abusive partners create to accessing healthcare, medication, support, and other life-saving services.

Domestic violence disproportionately impacts the health and well-being of women. In fact, victims of domestic violence are four times more likely to contract sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, than the general population.

On the flip side, when we think about the challenges of women living with HIV, we rarely consider how often women experience abuse after being diagnosed. For women living with HIV, the incidence of intimate partner violence is almost two times higher than the national rate. These staggering statistics underscore the critical need to examine the ways in which women and girls’ health and well-being are simultaneously impacted by domestic violence and HIV.


The Positively Safe program urges domestic violence and HIV service providers – as well as our communities at large – to learn more about this intersection. Here are some ways to learn more about what each of us can do to support survivors of domestic violence and individuals living with HIV:

Most importantly – get tested today and re-tested ANY day!

Learn more about the HIV testing process and find a testing location near you.