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About HIV/AIDS

About HIV/AIDS

How do I find out if I have HIV?
Take an HIV test. This is a very personal and smart decision. One of the best ways to stay healthy and prevent the spread of HIV is to get tested regularly and encourage your friends to do the same. The test should be taken three to six months after the last time you may have been at risk. Since you can be infected with HIV and look well and feel healthy for years, the only way to know for sure if you are infected is by taking the HIV antibody test.

Contact the GMHC helpline for support and to learn where to get tested – you are not alone.

Why is it important to know my status?
The earlier you become aware of an HIV-positive diagnosis, the easier it will be to take control of your own health, and to prevent others from becoming infected. Because there are many new drugs and treatments available, people are living longer and healthier lives with HIV/AIDS.

Visit these resources to learn more:

GMHC (HIV/AIDS basics)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Office of National AIDS Policy 

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

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