Taipei, June 1 (CNA) The Taiwan AIDS Foundation said Friday that it has designated June as National HIV Testing Month and will offer testing services at locations around the island.
The foundation, set up in 2005 to serve as a platform for AIDS prevention, said the activity was inspired by the designation of June 27 as National HIV Testing Day in the United States by the National Association of People With AIDS.
The foundation said that according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, 22,296 Taiwanese people were infected with HIV from 1984 to February 2012.
An equal number are estimated to have the virus but have not yet been detected with it, the foundation said.
"As the incubation period of HIV is around 10 years, these people could spread the virus through unsafe sex without realizing that they have been infected," the foundation said.
To learn more about "National HIV Testing Month" activities, people can visit the foundation's website at http://www.taiwanaids.org.tw.
(By Lung Juei-yun and Lilian Wu)