My tester arrives and I walk with her into the room. She was a real cool lady. She tells me to take a seat next to her and she begins pulling out her equipment. She was excited about the new test they received at the clinic. These new tests can detect the HIV/Aids virus after nine days of getting into your system; past tests required the disease to be in your body much longer to detect. So now it is test taking time. Other times I have been tested have been with a cotton swab of the mouth; this time was through a blood sample . She took a bit of my blood, set up the the test and started the timer.
Another reason blacks avoid getting tested is because think it is a death sentence. IT IS NOT! Due to the medical advances we have today, people can live a long life with the virus. According to a survey by AVERT.org, 59% of people around the world with HIV are not taking the medical treatment. Why shorten your life when you can expand it and also keep your partner safe. There is PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) for your partners and they can take to prevent them contracting the virus if involved with someone who is infected.
have the HIV/Aids virus!
Now it is YOUR TURN! I encourage each of one you to go out and get tested. It is important to know your status. The results might not be good for everybody but it is better to know than to not know. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 1.2 million living with HIV in America; one out of eight people don't even know. We, the African American community, suffer the most from this virus.