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Why get tested for HIV | BioSure

Why get tested for HIV?

Testing is the only way to know whether you have HIV or not and if you don’t test, you can’t treat....

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My diagnosis, from then until now | BioSure

My diagnosis, from then until now - by Michael Nugent

I will never forget that morning of the 4th July 2016. The day I received my little silver package in the post, little did I know then that this little package would be one of the most important deliveries of my life, as in this little package was my HIV self test kitam safe, so I had nothing to worry about. In a way I was doing the test to tick it off my list.

The test was relatively simple to do, just a prick of my finger, suck up some blood and wait for 15mins for results. Instant results in my case. In a blink of an eye my life changed forever. My test returned a POSITIVE result. I was staring at two (2) solid lines, they were as clear as day.  

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HIV - it's not just about gay men | BioSure

HIV - it's not just about gay men

HIV is not discriminatory or biased. HIV can affect everyone regardless of whether they are gay, straight, male, female, black, white, young or old. That’s a fact.

In the UK there are approximately 60,000 heterosexual people living with HIV, compared with 43,500 men who have sex with men (MSM). So I want to put the myth that HIV is just something that affects gay people, firmly back into the closet

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Are HIV and AIDS the same thing | BioSure

Are HIV and AIDS the same thing?

HIV is a virus. AIDS is a condition. They are not the same thing.

It is impossible to get AIDS without first being infected with HIV, but a person can have HIV without it ever developing into AIDS.

Antiretrovirals (ART) are so advanced, that if the right treatment is started at the right time most people live an active, healthy and full life. The earlier treatment begins, the more effective it is. But somebody can't get treated until they get tested....

 

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Summer of Love might be a Summer of STI’s?

Summer of Love might be a Summer of STI’s?

You can feel the building buzz of excitement, with the thrill of release and a whiff of wild and crazy times in the air - the prospect of the 2021 ‘Summer of Love’ is burning in the hearts of many.

Along with the free-flowing drinks, often comes the free-flowing love… But, along with a possible hangover from hell the next morning, there might also be another longer lasting legacy - a potential STI from the holiday romance ‘ahem’ pulled last night!

This summer enjoy yourself, have fun and make memories that you can look back on and smile about, without the worry about of not knowing your status.

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What are the symptoms of HIV?

Most people who acquire HIV are totally unaware of the infection. The symptoms of HIV vary from person to person and also vary bstage of the disease. For most people the symptoms are very benign and do not require medical attention by themselves. The only way you can be sure if you are HIV positive is to take an HIV test or speak to your GP....

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