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It's World AIDS Day: Know your status

According to HIV.gov, more than 1 million people in the U.S. are HIV positive, and 1 in 7 of them don't even know it. (Source: CNN) According to HIV.gov, more than 1 million people in the U.S. are HIV positive, and 1 in 7 of them don't even know it. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day, and what better time than now to know your status.

The theme for this year's World Aids Day is "Increasing impact through transparency, accountability, and partnerships."  

Know your status and get tested. According to HIV.gov, more than 1 million people in the U.S. are HIV positive, and 1 in 7 of them don't even know it.

In 2016, nearly 40,000 people in the U.S. tested positive, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC also said many people with the highest risks of contracting the virus aren't getting tested, including heterosexuals with promiscuous partners, people who inject drugs, and gay and bisexual men.

With the advances in research and medicine, those who are living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus can prevent it from progressing to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS.

There is no cure for HIV, but experts said it's not a death sentence as long as you know your status and get tested.

You can do that by finding a free and confidential testing location near you at gettested.cdc.gov.

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