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HIV testing personal stories

Many people feel apprehensive about getting tested for HIV. They worry about what the outcome might be and what it would mean for their life and future.

But the reality is, getting tested for HIV is the only way to know for sure if you have the virus or not.

If you are found to be positive, then you can access treatment to help you live a long and healthy life. If not, you can feel less stressed and move forward with your life.

Knowing your status and getting the right information means you can protect yourself and others, and will help to stop the spread of HIV.  

There are a lot of misconceptions about what actually happens when you go for an HIV test.

Here people have shared their experience of getting tested. If you have your own story to tell, you can share it with us here and we'll do our best to publish it. Just let us know if you’d like to remain anonymous.

Last full review: 
30 June 2016
Next full review: 
30 June 2019


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"I drank a lot during weekends and had sex around… I was totally depressed and scared of getting tested."


“If I wouldn't have become pregnant right when I did and found out I was positive ... I would be dead by next year.”


“The nurse asked if I wanted to test for HIV. I was freaked out! But she was just so calm and cool about it...I felt kinda silly."

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"I became instantly numb, everything became a blur. My parents and boyfriend were in the room when I found out my status."


"Thank goodness I found a facility filled with sweet staff members, where I feel comfortable talking to anyone!"

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Last updated:
28 April 2017
Last full review:
30 June 2016
Next full review:
30 June 2019