You can never tell who's got HIV. Anyone can be HIV+ and not know it -- including you. People who are HIV+ can speak any language, be young or old, gay or straight or in between, skinny or hunky or curvy.
Don't believe it when people tell you to "just be monogamous" or "choose your partners carefully." It doesn't matter how well you know somebody, how much sex you have, or how many people you do it with. The only thing that matters is that you play safe.
It's a good idea to get tested if you think you may have been exposed to HIV (see AIDS). But even the test doesn't always tell you whether or not you are infected. First of all, it can take 6 months or longer to test positive once you've been exposed to HIV. Also, the test can be wrong sometimes (this is called a "false positive" or "false negative").
The only good reason to get tested is to be able to take care of your health in the special ways you'll need to if you are HIV+. Even if you test HIV-, that doesn't mean you should feel like you can have unsafe sex.
if you decide to get an HIV test
You have a right to know whether you are HIV+ or HIV-, and to control who else knows that.There are four kinds of HIV tests:
When you go for a test, you may want to bring a friend with you, but it's OK to go alone. You should get pre-test counseling when you get there, and time to ask questions. After the test, you'll get an appointment to come back for your results. You should also have post-test counseling at your return visit, whether you have tested HIV+ or HIV-.
If you test positive, don't freak out. First of all, it could be a false positive. So be sure to get retested. Second, people live for many years after becoming HIV positive, and still work, go to school, and enjoy sex. But they have to take special care of their health. That's why we recommend people with HIV call one of the support agencies listed under Resources. If you test HIV positive the counselor will probably ask you if you want help telling your partner(s) and/or your family. Remember that this information is yours and no one can force you to tell anyone else, but it will help to talk to people you trust.
|anyone can be HIV+ and not know it including you play safe every time you have a right to control who else knows if you test positive don't freak out|