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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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"Getting tested was the greatest thing I did for myself because my entire lifestyle changed after that."
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"I came home and told my wife - she gave me courage by saying, ‘However difficult life is, we will face it together."
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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!"
"I convinced myself I had HIV but my test came back negative"
Mpho
"Since testing positive, I have never been sick and now I am even undetectable!"
calvin
“My wife was right LIFE GOES ON and nothing has changed – we just have to be a bit more careful now about our lifestyle.”
Jayden
"The fact that you are HIV-positive, doesn't mean that your life has ended. It gives you another opportunity in life to make it work for you."
Chanda
“Before testing, I was so worried! I thought about HIV all the time, now I don't think about it all. I know lots more about HIV, and how you can catch it so it doesn’t scare me anymore.”
Ngala
“We were both negative. So my message is go and get tested because it’s always better to know.”
James
"Today I know that HIV lives and grows off fear.  The fear of rejection, the fear of a shorter life and not being able to achieve your dreams…but being positive is now the most positive thing in my life."

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Last updated:
02 January 2018
Last full review:
30 June 2016
Next full review:
30 June 2019