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  HIV/AIDS and African Americans
Of all racial and ethnic groups in the United States, HIV and AIDS have hit African Americans the hardest. The reasons are not directly related to race or ethnicity, but rathe ... read more



If I test HIV negative, does that mean that my sex partner is HIV negative also?
No. Your HIV test result reveals only your HIV status. Your negative test result does not indicate whether or not your partner has HIV. HIV is not necessarily transmitted ever ... read more



How long after a possible exposure should I wait to get tested for HIV?
Most HIV tests are antibody tests that measure the antibodies your body makes against HIV. It can take some time for the immune system to produce enough antibodies for the ant ... read more



What African Americans Can Do
  Your risk of getting HIV or passing it to someone else depends on several things.  Do you know what they are? You might want to talk to someone who knows about HI ... read more
 

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Did you know that prevention works?

Q. Why Should I Be Tested?
A.  If you have ever had unprotected sex or shared needles and syringes you need to be tested.


         Immune system monitoring and early treatment can greatly improve your long term health.   

         You will know whether or not you can infect others.

         Women and their partners considering pregnancy can take advantage of treatments that potentially prevent transmission of HIV to the baby.

         If you test negative, you may feel less anxious after testing.

Knowing you are positive may help you change behaviors that would put yourself and others at risk. 

Q.   What is HIV Antibody Testing?
A.  
HIV testing determines whether or not you are infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). This virus destroys the body's ability to fight off illness, and is the cause of AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).

Q. What is my risk of getting infected with HIV?
A.   If you have unprotected oral, anal or vaginal sex you may be at risk for HIV infection.  Sharing needles and syringes is also a way that HIV is transmitted. Lastly, HIV can be transmitted from an HIV infected mother to her baby during pregnancy,  the birthing process or breastfeeding.   
Q. Did you know that HIV and AIDS are not the same thing?


A.   HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus and AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.  HIV is the virus that causes AIDS and AIDS is the end result of being HIV infected.  You don't actually "get" AIDS. You might become infected with HIV and later you might develop AIDS.

THE BOTTOM LINE
HIV infection is preventable.  Get tested today!