03: Getting Tested for HIV

Why should I get tested for HIV?

If HIV is in your blood, you can fight it.   If the virus is detected early enough and you stay on the meds your doctor prescribes, you can stay healthy and strong for decades. […]

03: Getting Tested for HIV

I'm worried I was exposed to HIV — What should I do?

If you think you were exposed to HIV, try really hard to relax and focus on what to do next. It’s natural to worry, of course, but try to focus on facts instead of fears. […]

03: Getting Tested for HIV

What are CD4 counts and viral loads?

When you have HIV, doctors send you to the lab for blood draw so they can determine two important blood test results: CD4 count, or t-cell count, which measures the quantity of a specific white […]

03: Getting Tested for HIV

What happens during a HIV test?

The hardest things about HIV tests are making up your mind to get tested and waiting for your results. The tests themselves are incredibly simple: You may have a blood sample taken, or you may […]

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How do you get HIV?

Most people get HIV by having sex without a condom with somebody who is HIV-positive. You can also get HIV by sharing needles with other people if you’re injecting drugs. It’s also possible for a […]

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Video: 5 reasons to get tested for HIV

5 reasons to get tested for HIV There's really no excuse. Here's five good reasons you should get tested for HIV today! Positive Peers is made possible through a U.S. Department of Health and Human […]

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The stages of HIV & AIDS

Shedding Light on The Stages of HIV and AIDS Once HIV gets into the bloodstream, it immediately starts making copies of itself that spread throughout the body. What happens next are the three stages of […]

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HIV symptoms: Do I have HIV?

A stuffy nose tells you you’ve caught a cold. A skin rash means you’re allergic to something you’ve eaten or touched. Unfortunately, HIV isn’t that simple. You can acquire HIV and not notice any symptoms […]