We live in a society where people generally don’t like going to see the doctor and while it doesn’t make sense, it is easy to understand people’s reservations. Nobody wants to get bad news about their health and in many cases, people would rather not know and just go about living their daily lives. When it comes to your own personal health, this is a very individual choice because it doesn’t really affect other people around you except your immediate family. However, when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases, then that is a different ball game altogether and by having a particular disease, you have the potential to spread it to multiple other people and they to other people and so on.
When it comes to an HIV test many people wrongly believe that this particular disease is reserved for one particular demographic and that couldn’t be further from the truth. HIV affects everyone and in today’s fairly promiscuous society, there is a higher likelihood that heterosexuals will catch this particular sexually transmitted disease. For those of you who think a HIV test is not for you, hopefully the following benefits of having one can help you to make a smarter medical decision.
- It protects you & others – In many cases people don’t show any symptoms of having HIV infection initially and so they can spread the disease unaware to themselves. By having an HIV test you are ensuring that you are protecting yourself against any future illnesses and you’re also protecting the other people around you who you might have a relationship with.
- It is treatable – Some people think this is still a life-threatening disease and while it is if you don’t get it addressed immediately, it is something that can now be treated by a regime of medicine. It doesn’t make any sense then to not find out if you have it so that you can get the necessary medical help on time. You may have to take medicine for the rest of your life, but at least you don’t have to check out early because you ignored this simple test that is available to everyone.
When it comes to being a responsible adult, you have to look of your welfare and the welfare of others and society as well. If you feel that you have put yourself at risk by having unprotected sex, then it makes perfect sense to talk to your health practitioner today about getting an essential HIV test.