June 27 Is National HIV Testing Day

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  • Speak Up For Yourself
  • Why Late Testing Is Bad for Blacks
  • Why Don’t People Get Tested?
  • Types of HIV Tests
  • Getting Tested Once Isn’t Enough
  • What Happens If I Test Positive?
  • Take Advantage of National HIV Testing Day
  • Have You Been Tested for HIV?
  • Why You Need to Know Your Status
  • Not Enough Folks Are Getting Swabbed
  • Why HIV Testing is Important to African-Americans
  • That Means Straight Brothas’ Too!
  • There Are Many Testing Options
  • Testing Doesn’t Have to Be Scary
  • Who Should Get Tested?

Why Don’t People Get Tested?

Cultural stigma and lack of health care benefits may stand in the way of people getting tested. But so does the fact that HIV is treated differently than other diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Depending on where you live, there may be required consent forms or pre-testing conversations, which may deter people from going through with it. This can be a missed opportunity to test someone who may be positive and doesn’t know it. 


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