Testing

Testing

ALL ABOUT TESTING

Testing is one of the most important things you can do to help end HIV in New Zealand. A lot of new HIV transmissions come from people who don’t know their status and aren’t on treatment. So testing often is important. Get tested at least twice a year, or more often if you haven’t been using condoms during sex. Once tested, if you find your result is positive, start treatment. This is the best thing you can do for your own health and the health of our community.

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As well as keeping others safe, testing regularly means that if you are diagnosed with HIV you can access treatment. The sooner you start to treat, the sooner you can get on top of HIV. Once on treatment, many people are able to obtain an undetectable viral load within six months. Some guys refer to this on dating apps with the symbol [+U]. Obtaining and maintaining an undetectable viral load brings the risk of transmitting HIV during unprotected sex down to almost zero. 

If everyone in our community tested regularly and those who tested positive were on treatment, the end of HIV in New Zealand would be in sight. That’s how important testing is.

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