DON’T KNOW YOUR STATUS? HERE’S WHY YOU SHOULD
We’d like all gay men to be as confident about knowing their HIV status as they are about knowing their home address. Why? Knowing your status enables you to be proactive about your health and treatment options.
Fact: You probably won’t know you’ve got HIV.
Many newly-diagnosed gay men don’t notice symptoms when they become HIV positive. While you may feel great, it’s not a good gauge of your HIV status.
The only way to find out your status and keep on top of your health is by testing regularly – and encouraging your friends and partners to do the same. A joint effort will go a long way towards ending HIV.
Fact: An HIV test is the only way to put your mind at rest.
If you test positive, that knowledge will allow you to consider treatment options earlier, which offers important health benefits. Once you’re on treatment there is a reduced risk of passing on HIV.
If you test negative, it will give you peace of mind and the confidence that continuing to engage in safe behaviours will keep you and your partners free from HIV – and that’s a good thing!