10 Reasons You Should Get an HIV Test
Whether it has been six months or six years, going to get an HIV test is usually something that you dread. That’s a problem for those of us who want to encourage you to swab your mouth or prick your finger. Finding the right message to get you in the door can be a little tricky. We want people who are HIV-negative to value their health, protect themselves, and be smart when it comes to HIV prevention. On the other hand, we don’t want to strong arm you or use tactics that will have you fearing HIV as the death knell it was in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Too often, that fear of HIV — or HIV stigma — backfires anyway, making people avoid getting tested, which is a huge problem, especially when more than half of young gay and bi men who are HIV-positive don’t know it.
So here’s the truth. You may not want HIV, but if you have it, it’s much better to know you are HIV-positive so you can seek treatment and get back to living a happy, healthy, tra-la-la life.