Whether it has been six months or six years, going to get an HIV test is usually something that you dread. And for most people who are trying to encourage you to swab your mouth or prick your finger, finding the right message to get you in the door can be a little tricky. On one hand, it’s important for people who are HIV-negative to value their HIV status so they protect themselves and are smart when it comes to HIV prevention. On the other hand, you don’t want people to fear HIV as the death knell it was in the 80s and 90s so they don’t avoid HIV tests and people openly living with HIV all together, especially when more than half of young gay men who are HIV-positive are unaware of their status.
So here’s the truth. You do not want HIV, but if you have it, it is much better to know you are HIV-positive so you can seek treatment and get back to living a happy, healthy, tra-la-la life. And if you don’t have it, rest assured that you not want to deal with the stress and health difficulties an HIV diagnosis may bring. Sure, you can still live a long life, but you will be much more susceptible to health issues and complications .