It is important to know that if you suspect that you got infected with HIV virus, no matter how small this suspicion is, you should get tested as soon as possible. Also, do not forget, if you are infected with HIV virus, it also means that you can feel healthy despite the fact that you are infected with this sexually transmitted infection.
How Often Do You Need To Get Tested?
Well, the statistics say that every person between the ages 15 to 64 really need to get tested for HIV at least once in their lives, as should all pregnant women, because they are in the high-risk group because the infection can have severe consequences during that time and after. But, the need to get tested is the thing that determines how often you will get tested. If your lifestyle involves having unprotected sex, or sex for money, or changing partners, you are definitely in the high-risk group. You should talk to your doctor to find out everything, but prepare to answer some serious questions about your health and your sex life.
Reasons to Test Yourself
There are numerous reasons to get tested to see if you are infected with HIV virus. That also depends largely on your lifestyle and how sexually active you are in the first place. So, you should get tested for HIV at least once a year if you practice unsafe sex, meaning not using a condom, with someone who is already infected with HIV, if you have sex with bisexual men, who practice unsafe sex with other men, if you use needles in drug abuse or if you have sex with a partner who has already been infected with HIV virus. Basically, testing yourself to see if you are infected is the only way to know that for sure. There are a lot of various symptoms that are similar to other not so dangerous diseases, sexually transmitted or others that are not, so it is very easy to confuse the symptoms of HIV infection with, for example, the ones that occur when you get the flu. Most people do not even know that they are infected with HIV virus precisely because of these mild symptoms that occur in the first weeks of the infection and then disappear. We have to stress this once more, it is very important to get tested for HIV virus at least once a year, because that is how you can detect the virus on time, and get treatment for it, which also means that the virus can be contained and that you can live a normal and healthy life for many years to come. Be smart, be patient and take care of your health by not avoiding condoms, practice safe sex and try to have only one partner, who is not infected, and can confirm that with his/her own test results. Healthy living is the way to happiness because, without health, we can do nothing else.