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HIV Testing is offered monthly to WKU students for FREE and is completely confidential.

HIV Testing Fall 2020

Testing will take place in the Health Services Building, Suite 1064

September 17th 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
October 15th 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
November 12th 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

 

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HIV Basics

  • HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. Unlike some other viruses, the human body cannot get rid of HIV. That means that once you have HIV, you have it for life.
  • HIV is a virus that attacks the body's immune system, decreasing the body's ability to fight germs. In a person whose immune system has been weakened by HIV, germs can cause life threatening infections and concerns. Currently, there is no cure for HIV, but medical treatment and healthy lifestyle changes can help you stay healthy and improve your quality of life.
  • HIV is a type of virus called a retrovirus, which infects people by coming into contact with tissues lining the vagina, anal area, mouth, or eyes, or through a break in the skin. HIV infection usually progresses slowly. The virus is present throughout the body at all stages of the disease.

 

HIV Transmission

  • HIV is transmitted by blood and body fluids, including semen and pre-ejaculatory fluid ("pre-cum"), cervical or vaginal secretions and breast milk. HIV is not transmitted by saliva, sweat, tears or urine.
  • HIV can be acquired by direct exposure to these fluids via sexual contact with an infected person; by direct exposure to infected blood; and from an HIV-infected woman to her fetus during pregnancy or childbirth or to her infant during breastfeeding.

 

AIDS

  • AIDS stands for “acquired immunodeficiency syndrome”.
  • AIDS is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus and is the most advanced stage of HIV infection.
  • People with AIDS have weakened immune systems that make them vulnerable to selected conditions and infections.

 

Benefits of Knowing your Status

  • Knowing your HIV status will help you reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to others or potentially making you ill due to a suppressed immune system.
  • Knowing your HIV status can alleviate the stress and anxiety of thinking that you may be infected but not knowing your actual HIV status. 
  • If you test negative for HIV, you can make decisions and take steps that will help you remain HIV negative.
  • If you test positive for HIV, you can seek medical treatment earlier. Early medical treatment can slow the progress of HIV and delay the onset of AIDS. Pregnant women who test positive for HIV can take action to prevent their baby from becoming infected with HIV.
  • Anti-retroviral therapy (ART) is very effective if started early before symptoms appear. The sooner you start treatment, the less likely you are to get sick because of opportunistic infections, HIV-related cancers, and AIDS.

 

Reduce your risk

  • Use condoms the right way everytime you have sex.
  • Reduce the number of sexual partners you have. This can lower your chances if having a sex partner who will transmit HIV to you.
  • Choose less risky sexual behaviors. Anal sex is the highest-risk sexual activity for HIV transmission because the lining of the rectum is thin and may allow HIV to enter the body more easily.
  • Use a water-based or silicon-based lubricant to help prevent condoms from breaking or slipping.
  • Never share needles with other people if injecting drugs. To find a treatment center near you, check out the locator tools on SAMHSA.govexternal icon or HIV.govexternal icon, or call 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
  • If you believe you may be at risk of getting HIV, speak to your doctor about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • Learn more by visiting the CDC's website here.

 


 

 

 

 


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 Last Modified 8/10/20