Why Should We Get Tested For Hiv?

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Why is it important to get tested for HIV?
Getting tested for HIV/AIDs is important for one’s health, relationships, and overall future. HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency virus; the virus that causes the HIV infection.HIV is spread through the blood, semen, genital fluids, or a HIV infected woman’s breast milk. However, the most common ways to contract HIV is from having unprotected sex, sharing needles and syringes, or same sex intercourse. The growth of new HIV infections continues to rise. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), currently in the United States 1.2 million people are infected with HIV. Among that large group of people, twenty percent of the people were unaware of their status. Consequently, the twenty
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In the United States, one in six people with HIV don’t know they have it. About fifteen Floridians get infected with HIV every day.
A person’s circumstances, determines how often they should be tested. People between the ages of thirteen and sixty-four should get tested at least once. If you have currently been in a situation that can lead to HIV, you have to wait at least three months after that event to get tested. HIV spreads when a fluid from a person, who is infected, enters the body of another person who is not infected. Fluids can be transferred through anal, oral, or vaginal sex without a condom, small amounts of blood from deep kissing and oral sex, childbirth or during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and shared injection equipment. National guidelines state that men who have sex with men, injection drug users, men and women with multiple sex partners, men and women who have had sexually transmitted diseases previously, and women who are pregnant and may become pregnant should get retested every three to six months.
Before you begin having sex, it is important to know your partner’s status. It is okay to ask if they have been tested and what the results were. If your partner has not been tested, you can support each other, and get tested together. Consider not having sex; your risk for the infection can lower if you don’t engage in sexual activity. Practicing abstinence from sexual activity is the only way to have on chance of contracting HIV. People should
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