Today, in honor of National HIV Testing Day, Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc., encourages you to get tested for HIV. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS.
The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. Many people with HIV don’t have any symptoms. In the United States, 1 in 8 people living with HIV don’t know they have it.
Even if you don’t feel sick, getting early treatment for HIV is important. Early treatment can help you live a longer, healthier life. Treatment can also make it less likely that you will pass HIV on to other people.
Am I at risk for HIV?
HIV is spread through some of the body’s fluids, like blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and breast milk. HIV is passed from one person to another by:
- Having sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) without a condom or dental dam with a person who has HIV
- Sharing needles with someone who has HIV
- Breastfeeding, pregnancy, or childbirth if the mother has HIV
- Getting a transfusion of blood that’s infected with HIV (very rare in the United States)
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law passed in 2010, insurance plans must cover HIV testing. Talk to your insurance company to learn more.
What we Offer
We offer free, safe and confidential, rapid HIV testing for Valley-Wide Health Systems patient’s ages 15-65 years of age. Schedule an appointment today at the clinic nearest you, and know your status! Results are available to you in 15-20 minutes.
Additional screening services and a full spectrum of STD testing and treatment are available at all of our medical clinics. Schedule an appointment today!
For more information about HIV or Rapid HIV testing visit https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/ or call the National AIDS Hotline at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1800-232-4636)