Someone can truthfully tell you they are healthy and still give you HIV. The only way to determine if you have been infected with HIV is to be tested!!
More people need to be tested for HIV! Getting an HIV test can lead to getting the medical care needed to stay healthy for longer. People who don't know they have HIV have a higher risk of serious medical problems and early death. People who don't know they have HIV can also pass the virus on to others without knowing it.
Do YOU know your HIV status? Everyone can: Lower risky sexual behavior by either not having sex or having sex with only one partner who you know is uninfected or using a condom every time you have anal, vaginal, or oral sex. Ask your doctor for an HIV test every year if you are sexually active.
How long until results from a quick HIV test? (4 rapid tests approved by the FDA are: OraQuuick Advance, Uni-Gold Recombigen, Reveal G2, Multispot) 5 to 20 minutes ! But know the tradeoffs of the quick test… Good News: More HIV-positive people receive their test results Many places offer free tests. Bad News: Some people will receive a false-positive result before confirmatory testing
Do you know your partner’s HIV status? Get tested often if you have more than one sex partner or inject drugs. Get medical care as soon as possible if you have HIV, to stay healthier longer and to keep from passing the virus on to others. For more information on how having ANY STI makes you at higher risk for acquiring HIV go to
The STD and HIV Connection Persons with an STI are at least 2 to 5 times more likely to acquire HIV if they are exposed to the virus through sexual contact. (CDC) WHY IS THIS? When someone has an STI, they may have genital ulcers/sores for the HIV to enter. With an STI, one has more white blood cells, which increase to fight infection. WBCs are the type of cell that HIV infects
10 Ways to STAY HEALTHY and free of any STI’s: See your health care provider regularly Ask your partner if he or she has ever had a STI Ask your partner about his or her sexual history
Reduce Your Risk: Limit the number of sexual partners you have Don’t have sex with a partner who has sores on genitals Don’t receive oral sex from somebody with a cold sore
Reduce Your Risk: Ask your partner to be tested Don’t have sex while intoxicated Try alternate forms of sexual intimacy Wait until you have a relationship that’s at least good enough to discuss STI’s honestly!
Reduce Your Risk: MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES
Younger age at first intercourse is associated with higher odds of STIs in comparison with older ages. For example, the odds of having an STI for an 18-year old who started intercourse at age 13 are MORE THAN TWICE those of an 18-year old who first had intercourse at age 17. Amer. J of Epidemiology
Preaching abstinence does not work. How can we support young people just to wait awhile before becoming sexually active?
When “I Love Lucy” was being made they couldn’t say the word pregnant on television!
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- Sexual intercourse, Human sexual behavior, Oral sex, Human papillomavirus, Sexually transmitted diseases and infections