The 5W’s of HIV
Who Should Get Tested?
HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Approximately 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV today. According to the CDC, 1 in 7 people in the United States who have HIV don’t know that they carry the virus. It is recommended that people between the ages of 13 and 64 years old should get tested for HIV at least once per year. If you are HIV negative or don’t know your HIV status, the best way to protect your health and the health of your partners is to get tested. Everyone should know their status, regardless of their relationship status.
What Does HIV Look Like?
Early Signs of HIV
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Sore throat
- Night sweats
- Muscle and joint aches
Asymptomatic Stage (also known as Chronic HIV Infection)
Once someone has passed the early signs of HIV, they may begin to feel better and not have any symptoms. During the asymptomatic stage, HIV will continue to multiply in the body. HIV can still be passed onto others during this stage. Without proper testing and treatment, HIV can progress to AIDS within 5-10 years.
AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. AIDS is the final and most severe stage of HIV. At this point, HIV has damaged the human immune system and the body can no longer defend itself against other infections.
When is the Right Time to Get Tested?
Now!!! If you are not sure of your status or if you have been sexually active within the past six months, it is time to get tested.
Where to Get Tested?
If you have searched for “HIV Test” on your phone, you’ve probably seen that you have a lot of options to choose from. You could walk right into one of our Wellness Centers or you may prefer to purchase an in home HIV Test. Most HIV tests or in home exams will cost you some money while AHF offers free and confidential HIV testing.
Why Get Tested?
The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. Worrying is stressful but knowing your HIV status gives you the chance to live a long and healthy life! AHF offers a layer of care, confidentiality, and comfort for patients who are looking to get tested. AHF trained staff will help you choose a test that is right for you,explain your results, discuss risk factors and help you plan for your future.
About: AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is a global nonprofit organization providing cutting-edge medicine and advocacy to over 1,000,000 people in 43 countries. We are currently the largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the world.