Sometimes I don’t know how much money I have in my checking account until I check my bank account online. This isn’t a great choice for my finances, but I admit that I’m guilty of it occasionally. I know that I should track my checking account in my checkbook register.
Many people in the U.S. have this attitude about something much more serious: their sexual health. One in five people in the U.S. live with HIV and don’t know.
Why don’t they know?
They don’t check.
It is time to change this statistic. HIV Testing is the only way to monitor your health in this area.
June 27 marks National HIV Testing Day. Since many people with HIV don’t have symptoms, the virus is easy to miss. To receive the benefits of treatment, you have to know if you have the virus first. To take control and improve your health, you must be tested for HIV.
National HIV Testing Day is not only a reminder to have yourself tested. It is also a chance for all adults to improve their health through learning about HIV. Take this time to educate yourself and others about transmission, how to lower your chances of infection and the importance of testing.
HIV Transmission Basics
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) kills the cells in your body that help fight off infection and disease. It can be spread a number of ways from person to person. Some of the most common ways HIV is spread are:
Having multiple sex partners
Unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex
Sharing needles, syringes or other equipment used to prepare illicit drugs for injection
Being born to an infected mother
Reduce your risk
The first step in preventing HIV is to know your status. Everyone should be tested for HIV once, and those with increased risk should be tested every year. To continue reducing your risk of infection, you should limit your sexual activity and the number of sexual partners you have. Be aware of proper condom use and use them consistently.
No Excuses! Convenient Testing
We’ve heard all the excuses in the book. This year on National STD Testing Day, we want you to stand up for your health. Testing at ARCpoint labs is easy- you don’t have to worry about insurance or setting up an appointment. Walk in, meet our certified collectors, and walk out- it is that easy. You’ll receive your results in the next few days.