Talking about home testing for HIV

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I had been in a manogomous relationship

I had been in a manogomous relationship (as much as I aware of course) for a year and a half. Don’t like to admit it but there were times I thought could the other person be putting me at risk? and neither of us checked at the beginning of the relationship. It’s a little thing that niggles at the back of your mind and normally you’d go on to have unprotected a year and a half later and just take your chances…. And someone elses potentially. So I decided to do the right thing and check. Daunting watching that little speck of blood come out thinking that is all it takes and your life could be changed in 15minutes sitting on your own in the kitchen.. So much relief at a negative test of course but a realisation that maybe you should be more responsible in future.

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 Used on 17th July 2016

I had my very first hivselftest on 14th July 2016, I do test at gum clinics regularly. My partner and I are both hiv negative. Coming from a highly population of hiv infected ethnicity I have so much experience and people do have the knowledge of hiv and it's risks but still shun testing and everyday new hiv patients are increasing now it's a global issue. Testing at home will benefit the majority only those who can have guts to do it, many still regard hiv as a death sentence and shun to go for checks for fear of stigma. I shared my results on Facebook social media to raise awareness and I made a video testing myself and posted it in Youtube for people to get encouraged. I wish the all World can legalise hivselftest.

 Used on 04th July 2016

Although I try to get tested quite regular I live in a rural area and it involves quite some time and even expense to get to and from clinics, the home test was quick and easy and much less stress. Thankfully Negative but think even a positive result is better at home and you can get your mind round it a little first, help is always just a phone call away.

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