Here are some things to consider doing. Some items may not be applicable to you.

HIV/AIDS

Approx. 50,000 contract HIV/AIDS each year in the U.S. according to the CDC

Getting tested for HIV/AIDS is considered essential to reducing new HIV infections and to extend the lives of people already infected

The U.S. CDC recommends that everyone from age 13 to 64 get tested for HIV in conjunction with regular medical care and that people at increased risk (e.g., sexually active gay and bisexual men) get test at least annually

For info about HIV/AIDS and/or to request a confidential HIV test:

  • Visit HIVtest.org, call 800-CDC-INFO, or text your ZIP code to “Know It” (566948)

If you think you are at risk of having contracted HIV:

  • Consider buying a test kit which allows you to mail in a blood sample and get the results by mail
    It’s important to find out as soon as possible if you’ve contracted HIV
    It’s probably better to get tested in person so you will have access to better counseling if you test positive

If you have HIV/AIDS:

  • Avoid sexual contact with others
  • Get medical treatment as soon as possible
    Taking protease inhibitors may slightly increase your risk of diabetes but that probably shouldn’t deter you from taking protease inhibitors

For more info about HIV/AIDS:

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