I DON’T FEEL SICK, SO I DON’T NEED TO TAKE AN HIV TEST, RIGHT?
Wrong – HIV affects everyone differently. Some people have medical symptoms immediately upon infection while others don’t. Up to 8 weeks after infection, you can start to have flu like symptoms – or you may not have any symptoms at all. After your initial response to the virus (if any), you can go years without any symptoms – but the virus is still in your body and still attacking your immune system. The virus will progress to AIDS if left untreated. The best and easiest way to avoid all of that is to get tested – know your status! RipplePHX can provide you with a free, at-home HIV Test Kit – you can order one via the Action Center at www.ripplephx.org.
Keep in mind, it can take your body 1 to 3 months to produce enough antibodies to be detected in an HIV test from your last unprotected encounter. Re-test as needed!