For all us engaging in wild and kinky sex (and for those a little less daring and doing it missionary yet still having the time of their lives) an HIV test is a good idea. Yeah, yeah, we know … HIV? AIDS? That's not a big deal anymore! There's medicine for that! Whoa, slow down … your facts are not one hundred percent correct.
Yes, there are antibiotics for HIV and AIDS these days. Medicines that were not available back in the 80s and 90s when HIV infection was causing full-blown AIDS at an alarming rate. The availability of a quick and reliable test for infection by the HIV virus has helped in some ways, but HIV is not a big deal any more. It is a huge deal and anyone engaging in sexual activity should know as much. It is the height of irresponsibility to go about your sex life thinking that if you become infected with HIV you will just have to take medicine-like with syphilis or gonorrhea-and you will be back to normal.
Not true! The medicines that have been developed during the long war that we as a society-and our brilliant scientists-have been waging since the emergence of this awful illness, and its test, will prolong your life. There is no doubt about that. But the medicines have side effects and drawbacks that are beyond any other STD medicines available. Firstly, you will be on them for the rest of your life. So if you are careless, and wind up with HIV at 18, you have up to seventy years to look forward to as you swallow hands of pills each day and deal with their side effects for the same amount of time.
As you read this article, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention approximate that close to one million people in the United States have HIV or AIDS at this moment. According to the same medical professionals it is approximated that almost 55,000 Americans will contract HIV this year alone. A simple test can alert you to your status. This test can be received at any certified STD clinic in your area of the country.
Please understand that the United States play just a small part in this world wide epidemic. In fact, America may-in some ways-have it a bit better than the rest of the world. We have a much more affordable and easily received test and we have the money to continue the fight through science and treatment of those already infected. Take a look at some of these grim statistics:
• In Eastern Europe & Central Asia the problem is getting ridiculously worse. In fact, the number of people dying from full-blown AIDS in these geographical areas has quadrupled in the past ten years.
• In Central America & South America it is approximated that over one and a half million people are currently infected with HIV and AIDS.
• Africa is still the worst geographic area hit by HIV and AIDS. The continent has only ten percent of the world's population yet sixty five percent of all people living with HIV and AIDS live in Africa.
HIV testing in the United States is remarkably quick, painless and affordable. Test results are available within an hour at some facilities that specialize in the HIV test. The average STD clinic can get your results to you within days. There are different methods of testing being conducted today. They include the HIV antibody test, the PCR test and the P24 antigen test. All of these HIV test procedures are done via a simple blood test. They are all fast and easy to accomplish with almost no discomfort at all. Self knowledge for the quick jab of a pin prick-a great deal no matter what your feelings are regarding a quick needle.
The blood drawn during an STD testing is tested for the antibodies that are created by the body in response to the virus. For each positive result, a retest is automatically repeated to weed out false positive results. This test is always done with the same blood specimen, which saves the individual undergoing the test from having to receive another blood withdrawal. The second test is called the reflex to Western blot confirmation as is done with no discomfort to the testee.
One of the other reasons to have an HIV test is the fact that over 25% of Americans who are infected are completely unaware of it. The best way to keep the virus from spreading is to k now your status. Once armed with the information regarding your status, you can begin to make changes in the way you engage in sexual activities, so sparing any partner from contracting this potentially fatal disease.