Why do I Need to get Tested for HIV?
Many HIV+ people are unaware of their status. They may feel healthy and not think they are at risk. But anyone of any age, gender, race, sexual orientation, or social or economic class can become infected. It is what you do that puts you at risk. If you have used dirty needles or had unprotected sex, a sexually transmitted disease, or hepatitis C you should be tested.
- Common myth: "Straight people don't get HIV."
- Truth: The majority of HIV+ people worldwide are heterosexual. "Traditional" sex (vaginal intercourse) puts both partners at risk, but the woman is more vulnerable to HIV infection.
- Common myth: "I'm safe because I'm in a monogamous relationship (or married).
- Truth: You might have gotten infected before your relationship. If not, if your partner is unfaithful, or was already HIV+ before you met, you can still get HIV.
- Common myth: "Lesbians don't get HIV."
- Truth: Women who only have sex with women are generally at lower risk. Women who consider themselves lesbians but occasionally have sex with men can get infected that way.