Only Half of Users Surveyed Have Taken An HIV Test

Only Half of Users Surveyed Have Taken An HIV Test

Published February 11, 2008

Posted Dec. 4, 2007 – Half of the people who responded to a BET mobile text message poll said they’d taken an HIV test.

About 20,000 people responded to the survey that was texted to BET subscriber cell phones on Dec. 1, 2007, for World AIDS Day. The respondents were asked “Have you ever tested for HIV?”

Of the respondents, 50 percent said “yes,” they have taken the test. Forty-nine percent said “no.” There was no indication of whether all of the respondents were sexually active.

The poll resutls, while still showing a need for improvement, were still better than the national average. Nationally, HIV testing averages 37 percent for young adults, according to the National Health Survey published in the October Archives of Internal Medicine.

Health experts urge people who are sexually active to get an HIV test because, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least one in four people who has  HIV doesn’t know it. The best way to find out your status and get counseling and treatment is to take an HIV test, health experts say.

Have you taken the test? How important do you think it is? Click "Discuss Now" to post your comment.  Then CLICK HERE for details on what the HIV Test is all about.

Written by BET-Staff


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