In partnership with Rosedale Infectious Diseases, Different Roads Home is happy to announce free HIV testing. Confidential and free testing will be provided at Rosedale Infectious Diseases (103 Commerce Centre Drive, Huntersville, NC 28028.) Visit www.rosedaleid.com for more information.
Top 10 Reasons To Get Tested
1. You many be infected and not know it.
In the US, nearly 1 in 5 people who have HIV do not know they are infected. People who have HIV can look, feel and act just as healthy as people who don’t have HIV. The only way to be sure is to be tested for HIV.
2. The CDC recommends that all adults be tested for HIV.
As a part of it’s efforts to ensure that more people know their status and get tested for HIV. The CDC recommends routine HIV testing of all adults, adolescents and pregnant women in health care settings.
3. Being tested for for HIV is quick and easy.
You can be tested with a RAPID test that tests oral fluid or a fingerstick giving you accurate results in 20 minutes. Many hospitals and health clinics offer confidential HIV testing. Visit our Resources page to find a location near you.
4. If you test HIV negative, you can take steps to stay negative.
Getting tested for HIV is the only way to confirm if you are negative. Knowing that you are HIV negative means you are not infected and can take steps to stay that way! It is important to learn about ways to reduce or eliminate your risk of HIV infection in the future.
5. Knowing your status helps you make smarter decisions.
Knowing that you are negative, you can take steps to protect yourself so you stay negative. If you learn that you are positive you can seek treatment, stay healthy longer or improve your current health. You can also take steps to prevent passing it on to someone else.
6. Early treatment means a longer & healthier life.
If you are HIV positive, getting connected to care early can save your life. People with HIV/AIDS are living longer & healthier lives today, thanks to new and elective treatments.
7. Knowing your status protects you and your partner.
If you are HIV positive, practicing safe sex techniques can save your partner’s life. If you are negative, practicing safe sex will help you both stay negative.
8. You may have been exposed to HIV without knowing it.
HIV is transmitted from person to person during activities such as sex or needle sharing, where contact with blood, semen or vaginal fluids can occur. HIV can also be passed from an infected mother to her child through breast milk during feeding.
9. If you are pregnant or thinking of having a baby, getting tested for HIV is an important first step in preventing your child from getting HIV if you are HIV positive.
Screening for HIV can safeguard your reproduction health. If you are pregnant, learning your HIV status is critical. If you are HIV positive, special medical care and certain drugs given during pregnancy can lower the chance of passing HIV to your baby.
10. You will be doing your part in the global fight against HIV.
Currently more than 33 million people around the world are estimated to have HIV/AIDS, and many of those people do not know they are infected.