3 Ways To Take Action On National HIV Testing Day

Photo: (@MTV on Vine)

Photo: (@MTV on Vine)

Today is National HIV Testing Day, and we want you to raise the volume on the importance of getting tested and knowing your status!

One in five Americans living with HIV don’t know they are infected. The only way to know is to GET YOURSELF TESTED! It’s Your (Sex) Life teamed up with Vine artist Khoa to spread the word about how you can do your part and take action to end AIDS. Check out the Vines below and be sure to head over to GYTNOW.org for more info.

+ Positive or Negative, We All Have a Role to Play

Whether you’ve tested positive or negative, we all have a role to play in ending AIDS. An AIDS-free generation IS possible. You can be part of the solution by always talking to your partner about knowing your status and getting tested and BEFORE you get between the sheets. If you’re negative, stay negative by using protection each and every time and getting tested regularly. If you’re positive, get treated (while there is not yet a cure, there are very effective treatments available to help people with HIV live long and healthy lives) and also use protection. Love means protecting each other, which leads us to…

+ Wrap It Up Right

There are so many CRAY condom myths out there; you gotta be on your game all the time. When you use ‘em right, condoms are the ONLY method that protect against pregnancy and the sexual spread of HIV. IYSL has plenty of info to help you sort everything out. Head on over to our Condoms Dos and Don’ts section to find out why two isn’t necessarily better than one, where you can get ‘em, and more.

+ Know Your Status

HIV (and other STDs) often have NO symptoms. So stress less, take control of your sex life and get tested! It’s easy, fast (you can get results in less than 20 minutes), and it doesn’t hurt (promise). Empower yourself to be in charge of your own decisions, and make getting tested regularly part of your lifestyle. Find your local testing center, like, right now. Stop procrastinating already!

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