Facts About HIV You Need to Know
You Can Have HIV Without Knowing It
If you contract HIV, you'll likely come down with symptoms similar to that of the flu. A sore throat, aches and pains, fever, and fatigue are just a few of the symptoms you might experience. You'll recover after several weeks and probably come to the conclusion that it might have only been the flu after all. But you should still get tested for HIV.
Additionally, you might contract the virus without experiencing any symptoms for many years. The only way to know for sure is to get tested regularly. According to the CDC, approximately 1.1 million people aged 13 and older in the U.S. are HIV-positive. Shockingly, about 15% of those living with HIV are undiagnosed. That's about 1 in 6 people living with HIV.
Many People Living With HIV Don't Have Access to Preventative Healthcare
The majority of people who are at-risk of contracting the virus don't have healthcare solutions available to them. If you're lucky enough to have a preventative healthcare center in your area, be sure to take care of yourself and get tested regularly. HIV is one of the world's biggest public health crises. Even though we've come leaps and bounds within the last couple of decades, (new HIV infections fell 39% between 2000 and 2016) there are a number of people who don't have access to the information and resources they need to protect themselves.
PrEP Can Help you Protect Yourself
Truvada as PrEP is a relatively new drug that is administered in pill form. Taken daily, it has been proven to be upwards of 92% effective at preventing HIV infection. PrEP should never be your only source of protection, as you should also always use condoms. But it's a powerful resource to have at your disposal - take advantage of it!
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