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Question: 

who don't no fi you get it

Answer: 

Hello, and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

We are not 100% sure what you are asking, but believe you'd like to know how it is that some people do not know they are living with HIV?

We can try to answer this question to the best of our abilities. We know that HIV is commonly spread through sexual activity and, while many people engage in sexual activities frequently, not everyone is able to access healthcare often enough to be diagnosed with HIV and connected to HIV treatment efficiently. In fact, many people experience barriers that actually prevent them from being able to access healthcare, whether the healthcare is related to HIV, or not. With HIV having no clinically-defined symptoms, if someone engages in activities that are known to have a high-risk of passing on HIV, it is possible for a person to acquire HIV and never be diagnosed with it.

In contrast, if someone engages in activities that are known to have a high-risk of passing on HIV, but that person gets tested for HIV routinely, that person would have a great chance of getting diagnosed early on, and suppressing the virus through ARV treatment. When the virus is suppressed using ARV treatment, it is actually possible for a person living with HIV to engage in unprotected sexual activities and never transmit the virus to their partner.

As you can see, a person living with untreated HIV unknowingly would never have had an opportunity to be HIV tested correctly. we always encourage engaging in routine STI testing as a healthy habit, for those who are sexually active. We hope this provides some direction for you and thanks again, for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Sincerely,

Marta

AIDS Vancouver Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline

1-844-INFO-HIV (Toll-Free USA+Canada)

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