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March 10 is National Women and Girls with HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Date:3/9/2010

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HIV is spread mostly by sexual contact and sharing needles. In some cases, HIV can be spread from a mother to an unborn child or after birth during breastfeeding. Health care workers may also be at risk if they are in contact with blood, semen or vaginal discharges of infected individuals. Diligent attention to medically determined universal precautions is encouraged.

“Getting tested is easy,” says Salko. “We can do an HIV 1/2 Antibody test which detects antibodies produced by the body against HIV, usually two to eight weeks after exposure. The challenge arises when people who believe they’ve been infected get tested immediately after exposure before the body has had a chance to react. This can lead to a false negative and false sense of security. “

The CDC recommends everyone to be tested at least once after 13 years of age and more often if a person is engaged in a high risk lifestyle including having more than one sexual partner or needle sharing.

PERSONONALABS.com and JUSTGETTESTED.com provide a blood testing option that does not require an office visit and can be ordered discreetly and confidentially online. Tests are ordered online and patients find the nearest sample draw location according to their zip code. Results are posted on a password protected Web site accessible only by the patient. The purpose of PERSONALABS.com and JUSTGETTESTED.com is to provide patients with the ability to take more control of their health care by obtaining medical information that they can use when seeking medical assistance or monitoring health.

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