What is the most important reason for someone to get tested for HIV?

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    Mar 08, 2010 7:42 PM GMT
    HIV testing is still a concern for most people, what reason would you give to get tested?
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    Mar 08, 2010 7:55 PM GMT
    ASGCville saidHIV testing is still a concern for most people, what reason would you give to get tested?

    - So you can begin treatment quickly if you're poz, before it develops into AIDS. If you have HIV then you already have it, permanently, it's not going away by itself. Better to begin treatment sooner than later, if you want to live another 20 or more years.

    - If you know you're poz you're more likely to practice safe sex with others, as you should anyway. And you can be honest with them, so they can make an informed decision whether to have sex with you, and a relationship. Worse if you say nothing from ignorance or choice, and they later find it out.

    - For the good example it sets others in our community, to also get tested. My partner & I do, and our HIV risk is zero, but we do it anyway, at least once every 6 months, so we can urge others to test without being dubious hypocrites.

    - To demonstrate good faith with your lover. Even my partner & I share our always-negative results with each other.

    - For the great feeling you get when your results come back negative, and that weight is lifted off your shoulders. And of those who may be concerned for you.
  • myklet1

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    Mar 14, 2010 9:29 PM GMT
    To save lives..........including your own.

    I do HIV Counseling and Testing. I have met people in McDonald's parking lot to give them a test because they did not want to come to the test site.
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    Mar 14, 2010 9:45 PM GMT
    Um. Death.
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    Mar 14, 2010 10:06 PM GMT
    JoeB1986 saidUm. Death.


    you have a penchant for the dramatic...
  • myklet1

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    Mar 15, 2010 8:26 PM GMT
    theONLYallan saidWith the growing number of Criminialization of HIV cases being reported on the news..

    Why would anyone get tested if a positive result can potentially result in a Criminal charge or worse Murder Charge for accidental virus exposure to someone else icon_question.gif - What if you met a guy that was a disgruntled head case and threaten to go to the police even if you told him? Its: Your word vs His..

    You can not be prosecuted if you don't know.
    Nobody should get tested untill this law is correctly written.


    Yes everyone should be tested..........
    GET UP GET OUT GET TESTED
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    Mar 15, 2010 8:48 PM GMT
    theONLYallan saidWith the growing number of Criminialization of HIV cases being reported on the news..

    Why would anyone get tested if a positive result can potentially result in a Criminal charge or worse Murder Charge for accidental virus exposure to someone else icon_question.gif - What if you met a guy that was a disgruntled head case and threaten to go to the police even if you told him? Its: Your word vs His..

    You can not be prosecuted if you don't know.
    Nobody should get tested untill this law is correctly written.


    It's called being responsible for your actions, and being held acountable for them too. Ignorance is no excuse in the eyes of the law. If you are partaking in risky behaviour, you can't rule out you are not infected! So just because you had not had a blood test, should not allow others to walk free from their irresponsible actions, like putting another persons life at risk. These people do need to be held accountable for their irresponsible actions. I've seen way to many times in my life a gay men not giving a rats arse that he infected another so long as his dick did not miss out on the party. You seem to feel they should not be held acountable.
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    Mar 15, 2010 8:50 PM GMT
    JoeB1986 saidUm. Death.


    I'd cite the above... as well as knowledge and awareness.
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    Mar 15, 2010 8:51 PM GMT
    So they can get medical treatment, and change some of their habits, to insure they don't pass it on to another. You don't have to live without touch, yet you also do need to be able to inform others of the risks too. Al these years latter, and still young people are being infected, it's like we have learned nothing from our dark past.
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    Mar 15, 2010 9:05 PM GMT
    theONLYallan saidWith the growing number of Criminialization of HIV cases being reported on the news..

    Why would anyone get tested if a positive result can potentially result in a Criminal charge or worse Murder Charge for accidental virus exposure to someone else icon_question.gif - What if you met a guy that was a disgruntled head case and threaten to go to the police even if you told him? Its: Your word vs His..

    You can not be prosecuted if you don't know.
    Nobody should get tested untill this law is correctly written.

    Please cite the jurisdictions where these laws are in place, and what they state. I don't doubt you, but we should know where they are, what they say.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Mar 15, 2010 9:13 PM GMT
    Not the actual order of importance, but the order in which you might convince someone it's in his own best interest to get tested:

    You should get tested...


    1) so if you are indeed HIV+, you can begin treatment before you've already developed complications.

    2) so if you are indeed HIV+, you can read up on the current state of the whole matter. Ideally, you should know anyway, but you're far more likely to care if it's about you, personally, rather than others.

    3) so that you can stop worrying about that stupid thing you did a few years ago, now that you've been acting responsibly and playing it safe for long enough that if you had contracted the virus, it would show up in your blood tests by now.

    4) so that if you have the virus, you'll be extra careful not to pass it along to a guy you really care about.

    5) so that if you have the virus, you'll be careful not to pass it along to a guy who might sue you for doing so. Science can actually demonstrate the directionality of transmission, showing that you gave it to a later guy, not that he gave it to you. If you're curious about how this works, ask me.

    6) because if everyone went in for routine STD testings, the rate of STD transmission would plummet. Do your part, and you'll help make sex less dangerous, and therefore more fun for everyone.

    7) because knowledge is power.
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    Mar 15, 2010 9:34 PM GMT
    ASGCville saidHIV testing is still a concern for most people, what reason would you give to get tested?


    One's own health aside, it allows you to save a lot of decent people a lot of grief.
  • curve

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    Mar 16, 2010 2:04 AM GMT
    should be a normal step in staying healthy and safe, for you and those you love. Common sense!
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    Mar 16, 2010 3:30 AM GMT
    Is this a trick question?
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    Mar 16, 2010 3:31 AM GMT
    To not die and spread the Disease