Five friends are headed to a party and pass a sign for affordable HIV testing Generic male #1: “Well we sure don’t need that – we’re all straight here” Female #1: “Since when do only gay people get HIV?” Female #2: “People are still getting HIV??” Male #2: “Maybe Black and Latinx people…but not us rich white boys.” Female #3: “Or girls” [FALSE] In 2017 there were an estimated 6063 citizens of Travis county who had HIV. 85.5% of them were male, and 14.5% were female. 21.3% of them were Black or African American, 33.2% of them were Hispanic or Latinx and 40.7% of them were White. “A friend of mine actually told me that you can get HIV
from…toilet seats? That’s not true, is it?” Contrary to popular belief, HIV can only be spread through very specific ways. These ways include blood, semen, vaginal/rectal fluid amniotic fluid, and breast milk. “What good does it do to get HIV testing?” [WRONG] The CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 15 and 64 get tested at least once a year. People who engage in high risk activities should get tested more often. Women who are pregnant or plan to get pregnant should be tested to prevent the baby from getting infected. If you are often at a high risk of getting HIV, taking PrEP can reduce the likelihood of getting infected. If you do end up HIV positive, you can use antiretroviral drugs to prevent the transmission or progression of the disease. LET’S ALL GO IN FOR TESTING! Locations in Austin for HIV testing, prevention, and treatment include the Center for Health Empowerment Wellness Clinic of Austin, the KIND Clinic, and AIDS services of Austin. Remember, HIV symptoms don’t show until the disease progresses, so the only way to know you’re clean is to get tested! 🙂 Thanks for watching!