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National HIV Testing Day

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), about one in 7 people living in the U.S. are infected with HIV but they don’t realize they have it. To know one’s HIV status provides powerful information to them. Those who test positive for HIV can take medicines to keep them healthy and to greatly reduce their chance of passing HIV to others but the only way to know for sure is to get tested.  Continue reading “National HIV Testing Day” »

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How HIV Testing Can Prevent New Cases Among High-Risk Populations

Among the most effective ways to prevent HIV among high-risk populations is through regular and accessible HIV testing.

Long noted as a method of preventing HIV and AIDS from spreading from one sexual partner to the next and from mother to child, a simple test administered at a health clinic or hospital can alert individuals to the presence of HIV in their bloodstream.

Here’s what you should know about the specifics of HIV testing and its role in preventing the transmission of HIV/AIDS in high-risk populations.

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Educating Youth on HIV/AIDs

Being a parent isn’t easy. It’s necessary to protect and guide children through any number of pitfalls, and that includes having some difficult conversations. One of those relates to the dangers of AIDS and the necessity for HIV testing.

One of those relates to the dangers of AIDS and the necessity for HIV testing.

As a parent, it can be hard to know how to begin educating your kids on such serious topics. We’re providing some context and suggestions for initiating discussions with your teens.

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Living with HIV

Testing positive for HIV is a terrifying moment. It’s something that you never think will happen to you, and when it does it seems like your worst nightmare. HIV is a life-threatening virus that can progress to AIDS, and it affects millions of people worldwide. However, recent advances in technology and medicine have luckily made living with HIV a realistic idea, especially with early detection and proper treatment. Read on to learn more about how to stay healthy while living with HIV.

HIV is Not AIDS

It’s important to realize that testing positive for HIV does not mean that you have AIDS. Today, many people live with HIV for years and even decades without the virus progressing to AIDS. You can live a healthy life with HIV for many years if you educate yourself about the disease and take the right steps to get treatment. See your doctor regularly and follow your doctor’s guidance and advice, and you may even live a normal life span. There is no cure for HIV or AIDS at this time, but the right treatment will help to keep the virus levels low, either by interfering with the proteins it needs to copy itself, or by blocking it from inserting its genetic material into your immune cells.

Importance of Testing

It’s impossible to know that you have HIV simply by its symptoms. Some people don’t have any symptoms for years, while other get flu-like symptoms just weeks after infection. The only way to know whether or not you have HIV is to get regular testing, especially if you have multiple sexual partners or use shared IV drugs. HIV is not transmitted through casual contact, such as kissing or sharing the same glass. HIV is only passed through bodily fluids, such as during sexual intercourse or through the blood. However, anyone can get HIV. It doesn’t matter if you are male or female, young or old, heterosexual or homosexual. No one is immune to this virus.

For your HIV test, contact your nearest ARCpoint Labs today.

Staying Healthy & Protecting Others

If you and your partner both have HIV, it is still important to use protection during sexual intercourse. Different strains of the virus can be resistant to HIV medications, and you are still at risk for contracting other sexually transmitted diseases, so using a condom can help protect you and your partner from both of these risks. If you have HIV and become pregnant, there are ways to help protect your baby from contracting the virus during delivery. Appropriate care and medications prescribed by your doctor are the best ways to protect your baby. The best way to reduce your risk of contracting other viruses and diseases because of a weakened immune system is to take your HIV medications. You should also try to minimize exposure to certain germs by staying away from undercooked meat, litter boxes, and any water that could be contaminated.

Staying healthy and living a normal life with HIV is not impossible. The first step is getting tested. Contact your nearest ARCpoint Labs today for your HIV test.

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Ways to Celebrate World AIDS Day

December 1 marks an important moment in the fight against HIV/AIDS: it’s World AIDS Day, a time for remembrance and education.

We’re sharing 4 ways you can celebrate World AIDS Day this year.

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Celebrate AIDS Awareness This September: Learn the Basics on AIDS

September features two days important to the AIDS awareness cause: National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day on the 18th and National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day on the 27th.

While most people know that AIDS is a very serious condition, many don’t know much about it. Today, ARCpoint Labs shares the basics on AIDS.

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Setback in the Quest for an HIV Cure

Since the disease emerged in the early 1980’s, doctors have sought a cure for HIV and AIDS. Though there are several HIV/AIDS treatments available, there is no foolproof way to eradicate the disease.

Earlier this year, there was some hope for an HIV cure after it seemed that the disease was eliminated from a second HIV-positive baby. However, now HIV has returned to the first baby thought cured of the disease.

Here are the details and how this impacts HIV treatment.

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1neThing.com | HIV Awareness & Testing

I stumbled upon a CNN article the other day featuring a Philadelphia woman who was going door to door, encouraging neighbors living in a zip code with high occurrence of HIV to get tested. The story was inspiring – she realized that like other urban American cities, Philadelphia is at huge risk for having HIV spread and become an even bigger problem. She also recognized that much of this can be prevented through HIV testing. Rapid HIV tests now on the market produce results within 20 minutes. And the breakthroughs in medicine now allow for those who test HIV positive to take medication that can prevent AIDS and even lesson the risk of transmission to another individual.

Read the full CNN article on the Philadelphia woman who went door to door for HIV awareness

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Social Activism for HIV

This woman certainly isn’t the first public advocate for HIV and health, and hopefully she won’t be the last. But her enthusiasm inspired us. And we were really jazzed when we realized that there are organizations popping up, such as The One Thing Movement in Philadelphia, that are out to share the word about the dangers of HIV and problems associated with the avoidance of testing. This group advertises and promotes HIV testing throughout the city. What’s awesome is that they’ve made their efforts in a way that they can be easily duplicated in other cities.

As the CNN article explained, some U.S. cities face the same risk of HIV as some African communities. HIV is on the rise, and much of that is because individuals refused to be tested. This campaign, along with the volunteers who are on a mission to spread the word, are out to show the world the seriousness of HIV and importance of HIV testing.

HIV Testing

We can only hope that social activism toward the HIV testing cause continues. Not to scare a population and expose our “dirty laundry.” But to ultimately save lives in the process and stop the spread of a disease that can now be treated and minimized if those who carry it are willing to reach out, get tested, and then – get help.

 

 

 

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