The process of HIV testing can be extremely confusing, since there's so much that you need to know. When can, and should, you get tested? How do HIV tests work? Is there a difference between anonymous and confidential HIV testing? Where can you find a free HIV test in your area? The resources below should get you started on your journey:
What is HIV/AIDS?The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus that causes AIDS. HIV/AIDS is not a condition that's devastating in itself. The virus, in fact, is directly responsible for few to no symptoms in the people it affects. Instead, HIV, particularly if left untreated, will eventually destroy a person's immune system. This leaves an infected individual susceptible to a variety of serious illnesses that most other people are easily able to fight off.
- HIV/AIDS: An Overview
Who Needs To Get Tested for HIV?Everyone is at risk of acquiring HIV. It affects people young and old, gay and straight, Black and white, rich and poor. Although this has long been recognized, until recently universal HIV testing was not a part of U.S. testing policy. In 2006, however, everything changed. The CDC now recommends that everyone be tested as part of their routine health care, instead of focusing on people previously considered high risk.
- Universal HIV Testing: New Guidelines Say HIV Testing Is For Everyone
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- How often do I need to get tested for HIV?