Category: Testing

Main Points To Know

HIV testing recommendations areĀ integral to HIV treatment, prevention, and care. Knowledge of one’s HIV status is essential for preventing the spread of disease, yet 15% of people with HIV don’t know they’re infected. Studies reveal that individuals who learn they are HIV positive change their behavior to decrease the risk of HIV

Overall about half (46 percent) of nonelderly adults in the United States (U.S.) have ever been tested for HIV, including 8 percent in the previous year. The CDC HIV testing recommendations suggest routine HIV screening in health-care configurations for many adults, aged 13-64, and repeat testing for people at higher risk.

Early knowledge of HIV status is vital for linkage to medical care and treatment that could decrease morbidity and mortality and enhance the quality of life. Treatment guidelines advise starting antiretroviral treatment immediately when one is diagnosed with HIV.

People with HIV who contain an undetectable viral part as a consequence of antiretroviral therapy that is successful cannot sexually transmit HIV to others.

Most people with health insurance — both public and private — have access to HIV testing, often at no price. And, for people without insurance, HIV testing can usually be obtained at little or no cost in community service settings.

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The National HIV Testing Day is on Jun 27, 2019, and the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) highlights the importance of being tested for HIV, identifying your HIV state, and finding the HIV treatment and care if you test positive.

This season’s central theme, “Doing It My Way,” provides knowledge on how taking an HIV test may be an empowering experience while also knowing that you can do it in your way. Whichever form you do it, this National HIV Testing Day, HRSA supports those in danger to get examined for HIV.

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