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What about HIV testing in Australia? Should I get tested for HIV?

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Anyone in Australia of any age, race, sex or sexual orientation can be infected with HIV but you're at the greatest risk of catching HIV/AIDS if you have unprotected sex.

Then, the single greatest indicator for HIV testing is if you have had unprotected sex with a partner who you are not certain is HIV negative. Do you know their sexual history? Do you know if they have been tested for HIV? Can you trust the information they give you in relation to their HIV status? As you can see if you have had unprotected sex there is a very compelling reason to take an HIV home test.

Another critical factor is that there are no visible symptoms of HIV. You have no way of knowing if the person you just had sex with has the virus or not. The only way is to know with certainty their last 3 months sexual history and for them to be tested. For this reason many couples going into a serious relationship will both take HIV tests, carry on using protection for 3 months and then test again before dispensing with condoms. It potentially takes only 1 exposure with 1 sexual partner with an unknown status to catch HIV. So, if you are at risk, are worried about HIV then HIV testing is essential for you. Contact Head Start Testing for more information about HIV testing and HIV home test kits in Australia.

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