I have HIV… now what? How long do I have?
Having HIV does not mean what it meant years ago. There have been advances in medicine and science to bring a higher quality of life, for those living with HIV or AIDS. People live long and healthy lives if they know their status and can start anti-retroviral therapy (medication)!
I know my status. I am linked to a medical professional. I have started taking my medication… now what?
What if I told you, that by taking your medication consistently and working closely with your physician, you can achieve viral supression and become undetectable!? Viral suppression happens when the medication reduces and controls the amount of HIV virus that is in a person’s body. Being on medication and taking it consistently can help achieve this!
And now we know…
Being Undetectable means you cannot transmit the HIV virus to others! Undetectable equals Untransmittable (U=U).
U=U is changing the way we look at HIV and prevention strategies. Effective treatment is a form of prevention. “People with HIV who take HIV medicine as prescribed and get and keep an undetectable viralload have effectively no risk of transmitting HIV to their HIV-negative sexual partners.” – CDC, September 2017.
Learn Your Status. Get on Treatment. Become Undectable.
Project INK is now providing testing hours at Equitas Health’s office in the King-Lincoln District.
Tuesdays from 12p-4:30pm and Wednesdays from 12p-6p you can stop in to 750 E Long St, Suite 3000, and receive your FREE HIV test result. You can also get tested for Gonorrhea/Chlamydia (urine), and Syphilis (blood draw). The results for the STI tests are available between 7-10 days with Columbus Public Health. If you test reactive for any STIs, Columbus Public Health will call you with the results and recommendations for treatment. If you don’t hear from them within 10 days, your tests came back as negative.
We can also provide treatment for Gonorrhea/Chlamydia and Syphilis, if you are experiencing symptoms or have a known exposure. This service is FREE! Make sure to bring a photo ID and if you have an insurance card. If no insurance, that is okay too! You won’t be charged anything either way!
If you test reactive for HIV, a second test will be provided immediately, and if both results are positive you will be linked to medical services that day!
If your test for HIV is negative, Equitas Health can provide you with an appointment to come back and start PrEP. PrEP is a once-a-day pill designed to reduce getting HIV. Studies have shown PrEP to be 92-99% effective in reducing the risk of HIV.
What are you waiting for? Come get tested and learn what you can do to stay healthy!