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Testing for HIV is the only way to know for sure if you have HIV. It is quick, easy, painless, confidential and almost always free. If you test regularly for HIV, and after every time you put yourself at risk, you can help keep yourself and your sexual partners healthy. It is always better to know.
HIV is spread only in certain body fluids from a person living with HIV. These fluids are blood, semen, pre-seminal fluids, vaginal fluids, rectal fluids, and breast milk. Today, more means than ever are available to prevent HIV. You can use approaches such as abstinence (not having sex/intercourse, vaginal, oral or anal), limiting your number of sexual partners, never sharing needles, and using condoms the right way every time you have sex. You may also be able to take advantage of newer HIV prevention medicines such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).
Currently, there is no cure for HIV infection or AIDS. However, with the combined use of antiretroviral drugs and the drugs to prevent opportunistic infections, many people with HIV infection and AIDS have improved the quality of their lives and delayed or reversed the progression of HIV infection to AIDS.
Care and support are important to facilitate immediate access to treatment when a person is diagnosed with HIV; Apart from the medical support and treatment, people who are diagnosed with HIV would most probably need social and psychological support as many of them could be devastated with the diagnosis and need counselling and information about how to live their life positively with this new reality.