Knowing your status

What to expect when testing for HIV.

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Are you thinking of going for an HIV test? Maybe you want to have sex for the first time, or you want to start doing it with a new bae. We all have the right to know about how our bodies work and how to keep them healthy.

I went for my first HIV test last year after I read an article that said girls between 15 and 24 are the highest risk of becoming HIV+.

Getting tested for the first time can be a scary thought. If it makes you feel better, you can ask someone you trust to accompany you when you are going for your test. Many clinics offer this service and it's your right to access it. All public clinics and hospitals in South Africa offer free HIV testing.

What was getting tested like? Like I said, it’s normal to feel nervous but a health worker will talk you through the service and offer support for different options. Remember you can always ask questions and arrange another appointment if you want to have some time to think of some questions. This is to help you understand how the test works and discuss any fears or questions you have.

Next comes the actual test. Your finger will be pricked with a needle to get blood. This will be put on stick test, then a solution is added to your blood sample. Results take less than 20 minutes.

Negative or positive, your tests results are followed by another counselling session. This gives you extra emotional support, and for the counsellor to have a conversation with you about safer sex and how to keep taking care of yourself.

One thing to remember is that HIV can take time to be found in your blood because sometimes it hides itself.

That is why you should wait 12 weeks to get tested after having unprotected sex.

You can get tested sooner but results are less accurate so you should have another test after 3 months to be sure.

Ready to get tested? Well done girl! When it comes to our sexual health, knowledge is power. And you have the right to know your HIV status.

There is absolutely nothing to fear whatever your results, there's good treatment so that living HIV+ can still mean a healthy and happy life.

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Annie

Guys seriously though i would not go alone. HIV is very dangerous, ill go with my friends ,but yoh .🥺😰😰😰😓😩

May 8, 2022, 10:21 a.m.

Testing is good, it gives the power of protection for the ones u love, at the same time if it happens that one of the partners is infected it may put an end to a relationship but either way, no one should be selfish & everyone is entitled to their lives.

March 20, 2022, 8:59 p.m.

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Hey Springster. Thanks for your comment.

Nihan

I totally agree with you.

I found out i was hiv + when i was raped...i got tested n was told i was positive.....i was scared n dd nothing about it .....after 3mouths(now) i am sneezy n hv a runnin nose....my partner , he loves me n he supports me.....i hv been avoiding the ARVs n cannt gt my self to go to da clinic in my community

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

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Hi Ashleyterminator. Thank you for sharing your comment with us. It's very brave and mature of you. There is no reason for you to feel bad or ashamed because you are not at fault. HIV is a manageable disease and you can live a successful and fulfilling life if you eat well, exercise regularly and take your medication. Besides being healthy physically, it's important to maintain good emotional health too. Have you thought of talking to an older sibling, aunt, mentor or teacher? Sadly, we can't talk to you directly but you can call Childline SA. They will offer you counselling over the phone, in person and online. They are here to help you! Don't forget you can contact them on their 24/7 Toll Free Helpline: 08 000 55 555 for help. Check out their website: http://www.childlinesa.org.za, Facebook and Twitter page for useful information.

Nihan

I'm so sorry to hear you were raped🤤,but you have to go to the clinic babe if you want to be👍

HEY SISTERS. Two weeks ago I had sex with a married man of two sons. the sex was good and there wasn't any sign of him being HIV positive, although I'm scared of asking he m about his status. after a week after we had sex, I then decided to dig up stories about him. So much were said that he likes taking advantage of young girls and that he is HIV positive. so I'm so scared of testing, I don't know what am I going to do if he infected me. please help me please

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

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Hi Springster. The only way to know is to get tested as soon as possible. Knowing your status is better than not knowing. And if you are sexually active you should get used to testing regularly. When you take part in risky sexual behaviour you put yourself at risk of unwanted pregnancy and contracting an STI. Sex goes beyond the physical act - you have to also think about what you do and how it will affect you.

Hy sister. last year november i found out i am HIV positive and my partner i is negative, i have been taking my medication since that day i found out. But the problem is am scared to tell my partner the truth about my status. I really need advice.

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

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Hi Nelo. I was also in the same situation I also kept quite about my status I didn't tell my boyfriend about it because I was afraid he was gonna leave if I told him the truth. But telling him was the best decision I have ever made because he has accepted my status and loves me very much

Nihan

Tell him/her the truth,that's how you'll know yr partner loves you or not

my sister u should tell him cz if u don't u will lose him then he will decide that he will stay or he will leave trust me am talk about my experiences

March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

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Hey Springster, thanks for your comment.

u welcome come plzzz talk to him

I recently found out Iam HIV positive is not a death sentence but it drastically changes your life and i had the courage to tell my mom and boyfriend he accepted me despite that he doesnt see me any less of a woman he motivate me everyday but the thing is I have been raped it really made me a bitter person and despite efforts i feel so alone

March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

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Hey Rhashni, we here at Springster are super proud of you for being able to speak about your story. We are also really glad that you have formed a support system with your mother and boyfriend. It's so important for us to be able to to have people that we can trust and talk to whenever we feel alone and trouble. When it comes to issues like sexual assault and harassment, it's a bit harder though isn't it? Sadly, we can't talk to you directly but you can call Childline SA. They will offer you counselling over the phone, in person and online. You don't need to give them your name and can contact them any time of the day or night. Contact them if you are scared, feel alone and if something is happening to you. They are here to help you! Don't forget you can contact them on their 24/7 Toll Free Helpline: 08 000 55 555 for help. Check out their website on http://www.childlinesa.org.za as well as their Facebook and Twitter page for useful information. Do get back to us and tell us how you are coping whenever you feel ready again. Thank you Springster.

I've also been living with HIV for about a year now. I was losing a lot of weight over the years. Until one day became very sick. I decided to get tested and my the results came back positive. I was really heartbroken and very sad. But because I have a very supportive family and a supportive boyfriend I am able to accept myself and live with the fact that I am HIV Positive. I joined a support group and they really helped me overcome the hardship of living with the virus. I also made friends while I was in the support group. They taught me to love myself and accept myself. HIV doesn't define who u are. HIV doesn't stop stop u from achieving ur goals. Being HIV doesn't make u any less human.

I never realized how important it was to go for an HIV test until I read this article. I've had unprotected sex before and now I'm ready to know my HIV status!

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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Hey Springster, we are so proud of you! Knowing your HIV status is super important and we're glad that you realised this!

I meet a guy we started dating... after few daes he asked me to visit me in his room ...i knew wht would happen there ...but i didn't want to hv sex with him coz i don't trust him ...nd don't knw him full ....but i ended up sleeping with him ...we didn't use condom........ but am scared abt muj status

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

Hi guys when I went for HIV testing the results came out Positive but for my boyfriend they came out negative but I keep on asking myself that why is he negative n I am positive but we never used a condom when having sex for the past two years so what must I do cause I never went n tested again?

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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Hi Orah, did you see your boyfriend's test results or did he just tell you this. It is possible that he is lying so you might want to double-check on that.

Gabi I saw the test go we went together but now on Monday we went to the clinic I tested negative what shocks me is that yesterday when I did a self test here at home I tested positive so I really don't knw...

well if im hiv positive can i date someone,is also positive or negetive cause idont know what to do am confuse

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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Yes u can date.. But u must play it safe..

Yes u can date.. But u must play it safe..

Hy guys m knew on dis group...so if u'r positive nd u get pregnant that baby that i carry can be affected too?

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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Nope he/she won't

The baby might be affected if u don't go to the clinic immediately!

The baby might be affected if u don't go to the clinic immediately!

Hi Ramolehe, if you get proper treatment at your clinic once you find out you are pregnant then you can prevent your baby from becoming infected.

I think I might be HIV+ but I'm so scared to go get tested because I'm not sure that I can handle the news but I also don't want to wait until I get very sick .I don't know how to tell my sister and mother.I don't think I can go alone to get tested.I don't know what to do.

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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Hey Samantha, thank you so much for reaching out to us. Getting tested for HIV is something that every individual should be doing regularly, so don't feel too embarassed. We know it can be scary because many people feel this way, but remember that medical professionals try and help you mentally prepare for getting your results. For the sake of your health and well-being you should go and get tested. It's better to know, then assume. In the meantime talk to a trusted adult like a teacher or a relative or otherwise you can also call the counsellors from Childline SA. They will offer you counselling over the phone, in person and online. They are here to help you! Don't forget you can contact them on their 24/7 Toll Free Helpline: 08 000 55 555 for help. Visit their website on http://www.childlinesa.org.za as well as their Facebook and Twitter page for useful information.

Go take your treatment and you will tell them when you are ready

Hey guyz i just found out that im hiv positive but the problem is that i don t want to take my med it been 3months now it just that im scared to go to clinic and take it.

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

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Hey Nasty I think u should go to the clinic they will give u the meds also the support u need Go sis before u get in big problem

Hey uhm last month I found out that I'm HIV positive but I'm struggling to accept the situation because I used to go for check ups and they come negative,like it's hard to believe I don't know what to do

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

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Hi Springster, it's totally normal for you to be feeling this right now. You're in a state of shock at the moment and it's totally okay for you to be experiencing other feelings like confusion, sadness and anger. Because of all the feelings you might be experiencing, you should find ways to express all of these emotions. Unfortunately we can't talk to you face to face, but you should consider speaking to any adult that you trust and you know you can rely on. If you can't, you should consider speaking to Childline SA. They offer counselling over the phone, in person and online. You don't need to give them your name and can contact them any time of the day or night. Contact them if you are scared, feel alone and if something is happening to you, or someone you know. They are here to help you! Don't forget you can contact them on their 24/7 Toll Free Helpline: 08 000 55 555 for help. Check out their website on http://www.childlinesa.org.za as well as their Facebook and Twitter page for useful information.

Hi Springster, it's totally normal for you to be feeling this right now. It's okay for you to be experiencing other feelings like confusion, sadness and anger. Because of all the feelings you might be experiencing, you should find ways to express all of these emotions. Unfortunately we can't talk to you face to face, but you should consider speaking to any adult that you trust and you know you can rely on. Make sure to also visit your nearest healthcare provider to get the right treatment and to be healthy and develop good relationships with the nurses. Unfortunately we can't talk to you face to face, but you should consider speaking to any adult that you trust and you know you can rely on. If you can't, you should consider speaking to Childline SA. They offer counselling over the phone, in person and online. You don't need to give them your name and can contact them any time of the day or night. Contact them if you are scared, feel alone and if something is happening to you, or someone you know. They are here to help you! Don't forget you can contact them on their 24/7 Toll Free Helpline: 08 000 55 555 for help. Check out their website on http://www.childlinesa.org.za as well as their Facebook and Twitter page for useful information.

hi guy's i m 23 and pregnant I found out I'm HIV+ through my pregnancy I never show any signs or until I'm fell pregnant I thank god to knw my status earlier before it made me sick I'm also on preventing TB and on ARVs I never get sad bcuz its like I knew I'm positive I've just accepted when my results came out and now I'm fine I don't I was sexually active and having many partners and was not using protection so its something that I was expecting when I went to test that I might be HIV+ I was dating older guys than me who refused to use condoms and for the love of money I ended up being ill sometimes I get emotional and drunk with regrets sometimes I take it cool I just don't knw whether I made peace or wat

It is not a shame to be HIV positive but a mistake,nobody chooses that kind of life the least u could do is accept and take your meds remember worldwide statistics says 99.9 ppl are sick but nobody knows their sick bcus they do their things in secret and it's not an everyday thing to go to the clinic

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

Icq found out I'm HIV positive and my cd4 account was 560 I started taking ARVS as I'm pregnant after three months my cd4 account is 780 my question is do I have to continue wit ARVs after giving birth bcz it was the force matter to take them from my clinic and they say virus is low now? Please help a friend as I'm thinking to bottle feed my baby don't want to take chances

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

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Hi Springster, thanks for reaching out to us. We're glad to hear you took the advice from the clinic to protect yourself and your baby. The doctors and nurses at the clinic will be able to answer all your questions about taking ARV's so we recommend you reach out to them. It is important to continue to take the medication if it has been prescribed to you already as this will continue to protect you and the baby, especially while breastfeeding. A health worker at the clinic will be able to provide you with advice around the medication if you have any concerns. . Sadly we can't talk to you directly, but if you feel like you need extra support don't be afraid to call the counselors at Childline SA. Childline SA counselors are really great people to call when you are in need of help. They offer counselling over the phone, in person and online. You don't need to give them your name and can contact them any time of the day or night. Contact them if you are scared, feel alone and if something is happening to you, or someone you know. They are here to help you! Don't forget you can contact them on their 24/7 Toll Free Helpline: 08 000 55 555 for help. Check out their website on http://www.childlinesa.org.za as well as their Facebook and Twitter

Hello, im 26 years old i have been dating a 46 years old man for the past 6 month now, the problem is that he dont want to get tested and we are not using protection. I have been testing for the past two years now. Im worried about my health what should i do.

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

Hy Everyone I am for 16years on treatment I know its not easy but trust me with God on your side all things are possible don't look at yourself less you are fearfully and wonderfully made you will make it in life

March 20, 2022, 8:54 p.m.