Your rEVOLUTION begins with knowing your HIV status. It is the key to unlocking the numerous prevention options available today. In the US, about 20 percent of people who are infected with HIV are unaware of their status.
For gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, and transgender women, the numbers are even more staggering. In November of 2013, the CDC reported that 33 percent of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men were unaware of their HIV-positive infection, but had engaged in condomless anal sex. In a 2010 study from the CDC, 1 in 5 gay and bisexual men in 20 US metro areas was infected with HIV, and 34 percent of those infected were unaware of their HIV-positive status. And we know that a person who is infected by aware of is 3.5 times more likely to transmit the virus to another sexual partner.
The CDC recommends that sexually active gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, and transgender women be tested at least every three months. But for those who have multiple partners, the agency recommends HIV testing every three months. And we recommend getting tested at the start of each new relationship.
Getting tested can be scary. But it shouldn’t be.
Everyone has a status — learn yours today and join the rEVOLUTION!
What is the test?
In Michigan, the HIV antibody test is simple. A testing counselor, certified by the state of Michigan, will prick your finger and take a few drops of your blood. That blood will be places in test vessel and certain chemicals which react to antibodies in the blood are added. Antibodies are the body’s defense for viruses, bacteria and fungus that enter the body, but don’t belong there. During the time the test is developing, your test counselor will discuss various risks you may have engaged in, how you can reduce your risk and, if necessary, help refer you to help for struggles such as substance abuse.
What do the results mean?
Your HIV antibody test was HIV-negative. That means, at the time you took the test, HIV was not present in your body or, if it was, your body has not yet begun responding to it. The majority of people who test negative simply don’t have HIV.
Your HIV antibody test was HIV-positive. That means that HIV is in your body, and your body is fighting it. But that doesn’t tell you everything you need to know or what your partner needs to know to make rEVOLUTIONary decisions about your sex lives.
HIV-positive or HIV-negative – knowing you status gives you the power to unleash your SEXUAL rEVOLUTION.
Find a testing location near you!
For Michigan residents, visit this interactive website from the Michigan Department of Community Health. For US residents outside of Michigan, visit the CDC’s zipcode search for a testing location near you.