3 Reasons People Avoid a HIV Test

3 Reasons People Avoid a HIV Test

 

People get an 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 – except when it comes to getting a HIV test.

 

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1 in 7 people living with HIV don’t know they are infected. People who don’t get tested for HIV are putting others at risk and delaying their own treatment. So why don’t people make a HIV test part of their regular health routine?

These are three reasons we hear at Palmetto Community Care:

  • “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, people who are diagnosed early are more likely to 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. Testing hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Appointment required. Contact us at 8434904229 (text) and 8032165108 (call or text) to book. 

Maggie Heatley

Testing & Prevention Community Outreach Coordinator

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Maggie was eager to join Palmetto Community Care because they're drawn to community organizing centered around sexual health and removing stigmas. “I enjoy making connections where it matters and seeing our resources make a difference in the community,” they say. Maggie has a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina. They previously lived in Atlanta, where they managed college bookstores. In their personal time there, they partnered with the international movement “Meet Us On the Streets” and helped create the Slutwalk Atlanta group to combat street harassment and raise awareness about consent on and off the streets.
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