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June 27, 2011 has been dedicated to National HIV Testing. This annual campaign was created by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) to encourage people of all ages to “Take the Test, Take Control.”
NAPWA was one of the first AIDS organizations to advocate that people at risk of infections seek out voluntary HIV counseling and testing. In 1995 NAPWA launched the National HIV Testing Day (hivtest.org).
Finding out if you are infected with HIV is the first step to improving your health and the health of your partners and your family.
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) - How it is spread
Regardless of whether or not one who is infected by the virus is having symptoms, it can still be spread. The spread of HIV can occur when these secretions come in contact with tissues, such as;
HIV is transmitted the most today by;
Within weeks of infection, many people begin to develop varied symptoms of primary or acute infections, which have been described similar to influenza. The symptoms can range from:
HIV, in some cases, can turn into AIDS within a year after exposure, although some people remain free of AIDS for up to 20 years after infection. However, the initial time period of the HIV infection turning into AIDS is 8 to10 years (HIVtest.org).
Why the progression of developing AIDS is different from person to person is still under active research (medicinenet.com).
How to Avoid HIV
What Test are Used to Diagnose HIV?
The test most commonly used for diagnosing HIV finds HIV antibodies, the results must be confirmed, by a test called the Western blot. Recently some test have been approved to check for HIV by using saliva, some providing results in nearly 20 minutes of testing.
Antibodies to HIV typically take a few weeks to develop after being exposed to the infection. Usually the test will result in negative if taken within this window period.
Please check with your local testing centers or your primary care physician to find which test is right for you.