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08 November 2017

When to get tested for HIV?

You can test for HIV at any time. If you think you might have put yourself at risk it's good to get a test right away. However, HIV can take time to show up in a test. This is called a window period and is something you might want to ask your healthcare advisor about if you are taking a test. 

08 November 2017

Where can I get an HIV test?

There are lots of different places that you can go to get an HIV test. Wherever you go the process is quick, painless, confidential and almost always free. 

08 November 2017

Types of test

There are different types of HIV test, all of which work in slightly different ways. A healthcare worker will be able to explain which test you are taking and what you have to do.

03 October 2017

Sex with a virgin will not cure HIV

There are some strange, dangerous and disturbing myths about HIV. Having sex with a virgin will not cure HIV, it will just put them at risk of the virus. There is no 'cure' for HIV, but taking your ART medicine every day will allow you to manage the virus and live a long and healthy life.

03 October 2017

You can't get HIV from eating fruit

There's an online myth which circulates every few months about someone getting HIV from eating fruit. Sometimes the fruit has been injected with blood, sometimes the vendor selling the fruit has HIV and has cut themself… whatever the back-story, it's a myth. You can't get HIV from eating fruit with blood on or in it.

03 October 2017

Using two condoms at the same time can cause them to break

More isn't always better! Using two condoms at the same time can cause them to break – one is enough.

03 October 2017

How long do I have to take PEP?

If you think you may have put yourself at risk of HIV then you should begin taking PEP (emergency HIV treatment) within 72 hours (3 days). You'll need to speak to a healthcare professional to be prescribed PEP.

03 October 2017

You should get tested, regardless of your partner's HIV test results

The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested.

03 October 2017

You cannot get HIV from washing clothes

You cannot get HIV from washing clothes belonging to a person who has the virus. HIV cannot be transmitted through touch and isn't present in sweat. It also doesn't survive outside of the body.

03 October 2017

You cannot get HIV from tears

Tears do not contain HIV, which means the virus cannot be transmitted from contact with someone else's tears.