If I think I have been exposed, the best thing to do is:
HIV testing is the key to slowing the HIV epidemic. Knowing your HIV status could be one of the most important things you do. Diagnosing HIV early in the disease course improves your prognosis. There are other reasons why HIV testing is beneficial. Here are the top five.
1. Early intervention means a healthier life
The key to living a healthy life with HIV is being diagnosed early. Getting into the care of an HIV specialist is an essential part of staying healthy. Get tested and if you are positive, find an HIV specialist through an AIDS Service Organization like SAAF. For additional information, click here.
2. Knowing your status protects you both
Knowing your status allows you to protect your partner as well as yourself. Even if you are both positive, safer sex techniques, including use of latex condoms, dental dams, and water-based lubricants and never sharing needles are a must.
3. Knowing your status allows you to make informed decisions
Knowing your status allows you to make informed decisions regarding your future and your life. Women living with HIV can have the family they always wanted. Knowing you are HIV positive allows you to take steps to protect your unborn baby.
4. Now you can ask the right questions
Knowing your body is an important part of living a healthy life. Get tested for HIV and if you are positive SAAF can help.
5. Know your status…get the most of your doctor visits
When you’re not feeling well, your doctor will be better able to treat you if she has all the facts. If she knows your status, she can address the special needs your HIV demands