The theme of National HIV Testing Day (June 27th) touches upon the most important thing to know about HIV: you have options. Knowing your status gives you the ability to plan and stay healthy, whether it’s by learning more about prevention strategies, or if need be, treatment options.
Nearly 14% of people living with HIV are unaware of their status, but you don’t have to be one of them. HIV testing is fast and easy. Testing is done by collecting a blood droplet sample through a finger stick. Results are available within 30 minutes. Many organizations, including ASA, administer tests for free.
Testing frequency is dependent on the type of activities you participate in. Those at high risk, including people who have unprotected sex or share injection drug equipment with another person, should get tested as soon as possible. Getting tested at least once a year is recommended if you continue to participate in these types of activities. Sexually active gay and bisexual men should get tested every 3 to 6 months, since they are at the highest risk of transmission. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends that all pregnant women get tested during their first and third trimester.
Getting tested for HIV is not only a great way to be a responsible sexual partner, but also a great way to learn more about prevention strategies and make informed decisions. Information about the importance of using condoms and the potential benefits of taking PrEP or PEP are available at our testing locations.
If you want to learn more about ASA’s testing program, including testing times and locations, call 512-458-TEST (8378) or click here.
ASA’s awesome testers will be celebrating National HIV Testing Day by providing free HIV and syphilis testing, safer-sex supplies, sexual health information, and more at the Walgreens on 1920 E. Riverside Drive on the following dates:
Thursday, June 25, 3-7 PM
Friday, June 26, 3-7 PM
Saturday, June 27, 10-2 PM
Free your mind. Know your status.