Took a free HIV/AIDS test yesterday. When was YOUR last test?

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    Mar 02, 2014 1:13 PM GMT
    I was negative, as was my husband. But it was a type I hadn't done before, so I thought I'd describe it and give a link.

    http://freehivtest.net

    AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF, a national US organization) has a testing bus at our Pride Fest this weekend. My husband & I have a booth, and after setting up we toured the fair grounds before the public entered. I came across the bus and asked the AHF staff some questions, since my own booth deals with raising money for HIV/AIDS causes.

    They invited me to test, even though my husband & I test several times a year during routine blood draws, also checking for STDs, a whole test panel. This way I could tell anyone visiting my own exhibitor booth about the AHF experience.

    They were using the finger prick blood draw method, rather than the mouth swab. A little gizmo makes a tiny skin puncture, like diabetes self-check devices, I hardly felt it. Then they collect a blood drop for a liquid chemical test. The visual results happen in 30 seconds: a single dot appears for negative, 2 dots for positive. Their literature claimed it's 99% accurate.

    Another organization at the Fest with a booth is OraQuick, promoting the home kit version of their mouth swab HIV test, sold in drug stores. That method takes 20-30 minutes, and costs to buy it. But an advantage for some people is that it's totally confidential, no one knows the results but you. In some jurisdictions the medical staff is required to report new HIV cases to the State when they conduct a test.
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    Mar 03, 2014 6:29 PM GMT
    A month ago, came back negative (as expected).
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    Mar 04, 2014 2:41 AM GMT
    David3000 saidA month ago, came back negative (as expected).

    Good for you! Our own negative results weren't merely expected, they were a given. But we did it for several reasons:

    - I wanted to experience this testing method for myself, so I could explain it to others from a first-person perspective.

    - We deal with the HIV/AIDS at-risk community, and preach regular HIV testing. But if someone asked me, how often do **I** get tested myself, and I said: "I don't, I'm not at risk" guess what that guy would think?

    "Well, I'm not at risk either, so guess I can skip the testing."

    Because most people will rationalize themselves out of the risk category. It's human nature. But if I say I test IN SPITE of having virtually no risk, what happens to his excuse not to be tested? I hope he loses that excuse, and takes the test.
  • rnch

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    Mar 04, 2014 2:51 AM GMT
    Two weeks ago.

    Negative for life.
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    Mar 04, 2014 3:02 AM GMT
    rnch saidTwo weeks ago.

    Negative for life.

    Good for you. Because it's either negative for life, or positive for life. Safe sex always!
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    Mar 04, 2014 3:13 AM GMT
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    David3000 saidA month ago, came back negative (as expected).

    Good for you! Our own negative results weren't merely expected, they were a given. But we did it for several reasons:

    - I wanted to experience this testing method for myself, so I could explain it to others from a first-person perspective.

    - We deal with the HIV/AIDS at-risk community, and preach regular HIV testing. But if someone asked me, how often do **I** get tested myself, and I said: "I don't, I'm not at risk" guess what that guy would think?

    "Well, I'm not at risk either, so guess I can skip the testing."

    Because most people will rationalize themselves out of the risk category. It's human nature. But if I say I test IN SPITE of having virtually no risk, what happens to his excuse not to be tested? I hope he loses that excuse, and takes the test.


    I agree and thats an interesting point of view in the subject.
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    Mar 04, 2014 3:27 AM GMT
    David3000 said
    ART_DECO said
    David3000 saidA month ago, came back negative (as expected).

    Good for you! Our own negative results weren't merely expected, they were a given. But we did it for several reasons:

    - I wanted to experience this testing method for myself, so I could explain it to others from a first-person perspective.

    - We deal with the HIV/AIDS at-risk community, and preach regular HIV testing. But if someone asked me, how often do **I** get tested myself, and I said: "I don't, I'm not at risk" guess what that guy would think?

    "Well, I'm not at risk either, so guess I can skip the testing."

    Because most people will rationalize themselves out of the risk category. It's human nature. But if I say I test IN SPITE of having virtually no risk, what happens to his excuse not to be tested? I hope he loses that excuse, and takes the test.

    I agree and thats an interesting point of view in the subject.

    It's just the practical everyday view, of what I encounter.

    In some ways it's not unlike the Ford salesman, who, when asked by a potential customer what car model he himself drives, answers: "A Chevy". In the Army I was taught the importance of leading by example, and it also applies in this case. I can't be convincing when I'm encouraging HIV testing if I'm not doing it myself, whatever my own risk level may be.
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    Mar 04, 2014 7:46 PM GMT
    I think I've only seen the finger-prick test for several years now. But now there is also a push to get guys to have a syphilis test regularly too - it seems to be on the rise in the PDX area. Sadly, that still requires a little tube of blood.

    Er... actually my 3-month anniversary was yesterday, so next time I go to town, I suppose.
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    Mar 04, 2014 9:09 PM GMT
    Today and it came back negative. I recommend Planned Parenthood for testing in California, you can get a 10 minute finger prick test for free if you have a green card from the state and they give you free condoms.
  • Rhi_Bran

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    Sep 18, 2014 11:36 PM GMT
    Got a full spectrum test last week, totally clean. Too many men test only for HIV because it is one of the most serious STD's out there, but other things which may remain silent can cause irreparable damage if left too long without treatment.
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    Sep 19, 2014 10:44 PM GMT
    pazzy saidnot to be funny but back 3 years ago, my doctor at the time when i was worried about my kidneys, bladder issues due to my excessive urination decided along with the diabetes test or whatever test he signed up labcorp to also sign me up for a hiv test. he didn't even ask me if i was having sex, he straight up assumed. i was a virginsaur and still am. icon_lol.gif obviously, i knew what the results were before they even came back.

    "your hiv results are negative".. i wasn't even surprised. i was like "oh". that was the only time that i took a hiv test. icon_lol.gif being a virgin, i obviously didn't need to but didn't want to let my doctor know that.


    now that i think about it, was he dissing me? was he saying that i looked sick? wtf was he trying to say?

    between that time and the one where the shrink that i was going to actually put down in the intake case notes that i needed to be required drug testing when i told her that i don't do drugs and smoked weed a handful of times in the past. icon_lol.gif


    That's strange, because excessive urination isn't generally a symptom associated with HIV infection, acute or latent. The bladder isn't a hospitable organ for HIV considering the highly variable pH of urine.
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    Sep 30, 2014 2:12 AM GMT
    6 months ago. I'm about due. But i will wait till I have insurance in 2 weeks.
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    Sep 30, 2014 9:12 AM GMT
    Around mid August. I had the full check up (including my Hep jabs) and everything came back negative icon_smile.gif