HIV 101 – frequently asked questions

Q1: How do I know if I’ve been infected 간체 폰트 다운로드?

There are no immediate symptoms and you may not experience any for years, which is why many people don’t get tested – they feel fine. Some people get flu-like symptoms such as fever, fatigue, sore throat, swollen glands, and muscle and joint pains – the problem is that it’s difficult to tell if it’s a general flu virus or if HIV is affecting your immune system. If you think you have been exposed to HIV, get tested!

Q2: Where can I get tested for HIV?

There are many different places where you can get tested for HIV:

  • You can get tested at your nearest government clinic for free
  • Your local doctor
  • Your can go for screening tests at your local pharmacy

Remember, you don’t need worry whether anyone will find out your results because ALL information is kept confidential.

Q3: If I used a condom, can I still get HIV?

Yes, you can still get HIV! Condoms are very effective (if you know how to use them properly) at preventing the transmission of HIV, but they don’t provide absolute protection.

Make sure that you know the correct way to use a condom, or else you risk it breaking or slipping off. Also, it’s recommended that you use latex condoms, but if you or your partner are allergic to latex, you can use condoms made out of polyurethane. Ask your pharmacy about them.

You can also use a water-based lubricant, which will help lessen the chances of the condom breaking. But only use water-based lubricant – any other kind can cause condoms to weaken and tear.

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Q4: Is it possible to get HIV from oral sex?

Yes, it is possible to get HIV from oral sex. The virus is not only transmitted in semen, it can also be found in blood and vaginal fluid.

The best way to protect yourself is to use a barrier such as a dental dam – it’s a square piece of latex that is put over the mouth during oral sex, preventing any bodily fluids from being transmitted.

Q5: I’m scared – what if I’m positive!?

We know it’s very scary to find out that you’re HIV+, but the sooner you know, the sooner you can be treated. These days, people living with HIV are able to live long, fulfilling lives!

The clinic or doctor will explain the treatment procedure to you. You’ll be prescribed ARVs (Anti-retroviral drugs), which will help control the progression of the virus.

Remember that you need to take your ARV medication EVERY DAY! If you do, the virus can become resistant to the treatment.

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