Why do I need to test for HIV?
If you’re sexually active, regular STI testing should be a part of your sexual health. HIV stigma frames HIV testing as shameful but getting tested and encouraging your loved ones to do the same reduces the negative framing around HIV testing.
Interested in joining the fight against HIV stigma? Here are four reasons why you should get tested:
You’re a better ally
Even if you’re negative, by sharing when you last tested for HIV, you invite people living with HIV to be open with you about their status. You provide a safe space because you’re showing that you’re educated and supportive.
It keeps you and your sexual partners safe
The only way to know for sure you don’t have HIV is to get tested. Knowing your status helps you make informed decisions about sex and healthcare.
Some states don’t require you to disclose your HIV status, such as in Pennsylvania. Check what the status is in your state.
One of the main excuses people give for putting off healthcare is not having enough time. Luckily, HIV testing is quick! With a variety of options like self-tests, rapid tests, or blood tests, it only takes 30 minutes or less to know the results.
Take Control HIV connects you to free and confidential testing sites in your area! Just put in your zip code and see what’s nearby
It gives you control
If you test negative…
How can you manage your status and stay that way? What actions can you take to stay safe? Is PrEP an option for you?
If you test positive…
What treatment options are available to you? How can you achieve an undetectable status?
NO more excuses
Now that you’re empowered with four reasons to get tested, take action. What are you waiting for?