Why do people avoid HIV tests? People seek out the annual flu shot, women get annual mammograms, many more get cholesterol screenings and have their blood sugar checked. People think nothing of these routine health checks. So why not apply the same logic to getting a HIV test?
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1 in 7 people live with HIV and do not know their HIV positive status. People who don’t get tested for HIV put others at risk and delay their own treatment. So why don’t people make a HIV test part of their regular health routine?
3 Reasons People Avoid a HIV Test
- “I’d rather not know.” We completely understand that a HIV diagnosis is upsetting but choosing to avoid getting a HIV test puts you and others at risk. You may be unknowingly infecting sexual partners or even medical workers who could be exposed via blood. Women who are pregnant can pass the disease to their children. Plus, the earlier diagnosis occurs, the more likely people respond well to treatment and live a healthy life. Don’t let fear keep you from taking a HIV test.
- “It’s not important like an eye exam, annual physical or a trip to the dentist.” But if you are sexually active or having unprotected sex it should be something you work into your regular health routine. Make it a priority – as important as a teeth cleaning.
- “I’m in a committed relationship so there’s no need.” Unfortunately, you may not know what your partner is doing when you’re not around. Partner testing is a great idea. Go together and get the test. If your spouse or partner doesn’t want to get the test that could be a red flag that there’s a problem.
Anyone who is sexually active or has engaged in intravenous drug use is at risk. Take charge of your own health and get a HIV test.
Here at Palmetto Community Care we offer free, confidential HIV/STD testing at our Truesdale Office and limited testing at our Agency office. HIV results can be delivered in 20 minutes. Click here if you have more questions to see the most frequently asked questions.
- Monday – 7:30am – 6:00pm
- Tuesday – 7:30am – 3:30pm
- Wednesday – 7:30am – 6:00pm
- Thursday – 7:30am – 3:30pm
- Friday – 7:30am – 12:00pm