Have you ever had an HIV test? You may have reasons for not having done so. You may find it difficult to make up your mind. However, it is an important step to take good care of your health. Below are some tips for you to make your decision:
Both you and your new partner should get tested for HIV and know the results. This doesn’t mean you distrust each other but this is the way to protect both yourself and your partner, even though you have only one sexual partner. Overseas studies have shown that 1 in 4 HIV transmissions occurs among men in a regular relationship. Knowing your status puts you in control of your health.
The majority of people who are infected with HIV do not have any symptoms. Even you think you have a low chance of getting HIV, we suggest gay men who are sexually active have regular HIV testing every 6 to 12 months.
We understand it can be stressful to have an HIV test, but it’s very important to you and your loved ones. An HIV test is the only way to put your mind at rest.
You can have free HIV counselling and testing service at the Department of Health; the service is free, anonymous and all information is kept confidential. Some NGOs also provide similar services.
With rapid HIV test, you’ll know your result in around 20 minutes. Call our hotline at 2117 1069 or seek service from AIDS NGOs.
All testing services are strictly confidential, anonymous and free. No one will know of your result unless you choose to disclose it.
Having HIV doesn't mean you can't have a satisfying sex relationship or will automatically infect your partner(s). It just means you need to adopt sexual practices that will protect your partner(s) AND yourself.