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Getting tested may not be the popular thing to do for many people but its necessary.  Alarming numbers are on the rise of HIV positive individuals of all races.  African-Americans are being hit with an escalating number of deaths for men, women and children each year. There are an abundance of clinics, hospitals and other testing centers throughout the country now available for free to low fee HIV testing. There is no excuse to not know your status. Being in the know shows you are responsible and value your life.  Testing is easy, painless and helps with reducing the spread of the HIV virus.

Here are three reasons to get tested:

1)      Early prevention makes a difference– The sooner you know the better. You can live with HIV and have a healthy life with early medical treatment and maintain a healthy lifestyle to stay well. If you are diagnosed HIV positive it is not the end of the world. 

2)      Knowing your Status makes you Responsible–   Knowing your status protects you and your partner.  It supports the mutual respect for you and your partner’s intimate life and relationship.

3)      Be proactive and in charge of your health– Knowing the ins and outs of your body is essential to living a long healthy life.  The more you know, the more you are able to express to your health care physician and loved ones and eliminate unnecessary stress.

Remember, abstinence is the most effective way not to transmit the virus. Protect you and your partner from HIV/AIDS and other STD’s by knowing your status.

Lastly, the best way to protect yourself and your partner is to remember these ABC’s

A- Abstinence

B- Be Faithful

C- Condoms