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The Importance of HIV Testing

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Who Should Get Tested?1,2
Individuals at high risk of contracting HIV should consider getting tested every 3 to 6 months.
Testing Techniques
Where Can People Get Tested?

CDC=Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; MSM=men who have sex with men; STD=sexually transmitted disease; STI=sexually transmitted infection.

  1. 1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Testing. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/testing.html. Accessed April 16, 2014.
  2. 2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National HIV and STD Testing Resources: Frequently Asked Questions. http://hivtest.cdc.gov/faq.aspx. Accessed April 16, 2014.
  3. 3. Kaiser Family Foundation. HIV Testing in the United States. http://kff.org/hivaids/fact-sheet/hiv-testing-in-the-united-states/. Accessed April 16, 2014.

Episode 4 Survey

Feedback from your peers about HIV-related stigma and discrimination:

  1. 1. Which of the following potential consequences of HIV-related stigma is the biggest concern for your clients?
    • 80% Being shunned by family and friends
    • 0% Receiving poor medical care
    • 20% Discrimination in employment or housing
  1. 2. Which do you feel is the most important factor in contributing to HIV-related stigma?
    • 11.11% Fear of a potentially life-threatening disease
    • 44.44% Association of HIV with behaviors that are already stigmatized in many societies
    • 0% Misunderstanding about how HIV is transmitted
    • 44.44% Beliefs that suggest contracting HIV is the result of moral weakness
  1. 3. How big of a challenge is HIV-related stigma and discrimination for your clients?
    • 62.5% It is one of the biggest challenges
    • 12.5% It is a significant challenge
    • 25% It is somewhat of a challenge


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