Know Your Status
Everyone has a role to play in the health of our community. That is why we work to promote awareness with our Know Your Status feature (KYS).
HIV remains at high rates among active gay men. We encourage you to disclose your HIV status and to keep it current, for the benefit of your own health and others. Preventing infection is both parties’ responsibility; do not rely on your partner.
Early detection can make a difference in your treatment, the sooner you’re tested the better off you are and can make informed choices, for yourself and your partners. While there is no cure for HIV, getting tested often can help you stay healthy by getting the right treatment early. That treatment prolongs the lives of many people infected with HIV and lowers their chance of transmitting the virus.
When treated with antiviral therapy people can live long healthy lives with an HIV diagnosis. HIV Positive members of our community are strong HIV treatment and prevention advocates. Sharing your positive status can mean strength, empowerment and being an advocate against stigma.
Knowing your status and discussing the status of your sexual partner is how to make informed choices. You can make decisions to get tested, and if positive find treatment, or if negative you may decide to take PreP to help prevent possible infection in yourself.
Getting tested is fast and there are many free testing sites around the world. Get familiar with one and get into a routine of getting tested every six months. While we should all work toward the goal of no new HIV infections, only you can take care of your own health.
We encourage you to share your HIV status in your Hornet profile, and to keep it current, for your own health benefit and others. We can all work together to prevent HIV spreading and reduce stigma.
More about HIV/AIDS:
In June 1981 the first clusters of what was to become known as AIDS were reported in young gay men in Los Angeles. Thirty years later, men who have sex with men remain the population most impacted by HIV. As many as 20% of gay men in major urban areas are living with HIV/AIDS.
HIV is a virus that weakens your body’s immune system over time. When left untreated HIV progresses in your immune system and your body can no longer fight off other disease, which medical experts call AIDS.
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