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Prevention and Earlier Detection of HIV Virus

WHEREAS, the NAACP reaffirms its 1992 policy addressing with updates for new techniques and medicine; and

WHEREAS, HIV testing procedure using Standard (antibody test) that are given to the public can take up to a year of testing to show results; and

WHEREAS, HIV Standard Test (antibody test) serve a function; the objective of any HIV Test should be to have early detection of HIV virus; and

WHEREAS, testing of HIV virus using the Standard HIV Test (antibody test) and Confirmation Test (ribonucleic acid test RNA)at same time causes earlier detection of HIV virus; and

WHEREAS, such testing procedure is characterized by receiving treatment sooner; and

WHEREAS, such testing practice stops the spread of HIV virus; and

WHEREAS, proper testing are enforced for Red Cross, expecting moms and United States Armed Forces practice what Center of Disease Control had suggested in 2007 to use both Standard HIV Test (antibody test) and Ribonucleic Acid Test (RNA genetic confirmation test) at the same time for early detection of HIV virus (taking 10 to 15 days) for results; and

WHEREAS, educating the public on the importance of using both HIV Test (Standard HIV Test and Confirmation Test) at the same time causes one to know their HIV status sooner.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People advocates for early detection of the HIV virus.

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the NAACP will urge all of its units to work together to educate the youth and the adults on prevention, early diagnosis and state of the art management for HIV.