Celebrate National HIV Testing Day

“Take the Test, Take Control!” is the campaign slogan for National HIV Testing Day. Though it is a difficult topic, it is vitally important to your health to be aware of you HIV status. With over 1 million people living with HIV in the US, it’s important to educate young people on the importance of HIV testing. After someone has tested positive for HIV, they can seek medical attention as well as take the necessary precautions to prevent any further spreading of this condition.

When should you get tested for HIV?

Reliable HIV testing services in Overland Park

Everyone should get tested at least once to know their HIV status. If you’re pregnant, it’s very important to get tested. Also, if you find yourself in one of these high-risk categories, regular HIV testing could help save your life! This includes:
• If you have unprotected sex with more than one person
• If you have ever had sex with a person who has HIV, injects drugs or is bisexual
• If you inject drugs currently or have injected drugs in your past
• If you have another sexually transmitted infection
• If you had any blood transfusions between the years 1978 through 1985

Unfortunately, one in five people who do have HIV or AIDS in America don’t realize that they are infected. In addition, HIV antibodies can take from two weeks up to three months to be detected in someone’s blood after they’ve been infected. So if you are in the high-risk category, routine HIV testing is vital. Moreover, HIV medicines are the most effective when taken near the onset of an HIV infection.

Know your partner’s HIV status!

While it may seem uncomfortable to talk about HIV testing with your partner, it can actually help your relationship. Since getting HIV testing for yourself only tells your status and not your partner’s, it’s very important that you both get tested. Especially if you’re in a new relationship with someone or you’ve discovered that your partner has had sex with someone else, you’ll both have peace of mind if the HIV testing comes back negative.

Reliable HIV Testing at Test Smartly Labs of Overland Park

If you are unsure of your HIV status, it’s essential that you get HIV testing as soon as possible. Test Smartly Labs of Overland Park offers accurate, confidential HIV testing to the Kansas City and Johnson County areas.

If you’re ready to find out more about our STD testing services, call (913) 815-0988 or contact us today.

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