This week is National HIV Testing Week in the UK, and with HIV infections on the rise (3,250 gay and bisexual men diagnosed in 2012), it’s more important than ever to get tested.
Gay Men Do It Annually is London charity GMFA’s campaign to raise awareness of the important of testing.
About 1 in 5 of those living with HIV don’t know that they’ve been infected and almost half of those recently diagnosed received their diagnosis the first time they had an HIV-test.
This strongly indicates that many men are not testing when they should be.
Not knowing you’re HIV-positive or getting diagnosed late can lead to future health problems. It also means that you’re a lot more likely to spread the infection to others as your HIV viral loads are unsuppressed by medication.
Being diagnosed early means that you can start treatment on time and increases your chances of a near-normal life expectancy and a generally healthy life.
So get checked at least once a year – even more often if you have lots of sexual partners or bareback sex.
Check out GMFA’s website: http://www.gmfa.org.uk/testing
Check out GMFA’s facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GMFA.UK