Am I Infected? <BR>(A Guide to Testing for HIV) : Introduction

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Am I Infected?
(A Guide to Testing for HIV)
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Introduction

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates there are about 1.1 million HIV-positive people in the United States. Of that number, the CDC estimates one in five (21 percent) are unaware of their HIV status.

Getting tested for HIV is a smart thing to do. And it’s easy. Yet many people avoid getting tested for a variety of reasons. Some may find the idea of getting tested so frightening they just won’t do it, while others may think HIV testing is unnecessary because they believe they aren’t at risk.

The truth is, anyone can become infected with HIV. Some demographic groups may be more affected than others, but the risk factors are the same for everyone.

When it comes to HIV testing, the old cliché “knowledge is power” still holds true. Knowing your HIV status, whether negative or positive, puts you in the best position to protect your health and the health of your sexual partners. At present there is no cure for HIV/AIDS, but there are medications available that allow HIV-positive individuals to live a normal, healthy life. And being aware of your HIV status makes it less likely that you will pass the virus to others.

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Last Revised: November 17, 2014

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