Why test for HIV?
Treatments now are so good, that with an early diagnosis and correct anti-viral treatment that is taken regularly, the virus can be suppressed to such low levels it becomes undetectable. This means that that not only is your own health protected so that you can live a long and healthy life, but incredibly, you can't pass it on.
Undetectable equals Untransmittable (U=U) is a global movement to help educate people about how treatable HIV is and help to end the epidemic. BioSure is a proud U=U partner.
But to know if you need to take treatment, your first step is to test. Because if you don't test, you don't know - and if you don't know, you can't treat.
Why test regularly?
Some people have a single possible exposure to HIV whilst others may be more at risk more frequently. Testing regularly for HIV, in the same way as you would regularly visit a dentist, means that you stay in control and can be confident in the choices that you make.
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Why is testing for HIV important?
Knowledge is power.
If you may have been at risk of exposure to HIV then it is always better to know and find out your HIV status. If you have HIV then the earlier you are diagnosed the better, because your own health won't be damaged and you won't unknowingly pass it on.
There is a global plan to end AIDS by 2030 and the first step is for everyone to know their HIV status - so we all have our part to play in creating the world's first HIV free generation.
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Who should get tested?
In the UK, according to Public Health England, 95% of people diagnosed with HIV acquired it through sexual contact, mainly through unprotected vaginal or anal sex. It is possible to catch HIV through unprotected oral sex but the risk is far lower. Of the 110,000 people living with HIV in the UK approximately 12,000 remain undiagnosed. People who remain unaware of their HIV status are unknowingly the source of the majority of new infections.
Regardless of your HIV status everyone needs to have knowledge of HIV and how it is transmitted. Understanding safer sex and the effective use of condoms are crucial in protecting your own and others health. This can help to give confidence in negotiating safer sex and addressing possible risk-taking behavior.
If you had unprotected sex and the other person didn’t know their HIV status, you now don’t know yours. But, taking ownership and fixing this situation is completely possible and the power to make that decision is in your hands. But power is knowledge and you are always better off knowing your status, especially as HIV is treatable.
If you want to learn more about HIV please visit our HIV FAQs page, or to learn more about the BioSURE HIV Self Test visit our HIV test self-test FAQs page.
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