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7. Why Should You Be Tested ?

Pros and Cons
Pros

  1. If you know you are HIV-positive, you can take advantage of immune system monitoring and early treatment and intervention.
  2. By taking the test, you can find out whether or not you can infect others.
  3. Regardless of the result, testing often increases your commitment to overall good health habits.
  4. If you test negative, you may feel less anxious after testing.
  5. Women and their partners considering pregnancy can take advantage of treatments that potentially prevent transmission of HIV to the baby.

Cons:

  1. If you test positive, you may show an increase in anxiety and depression.
  2. When testing is not strictly confidential, you risk job and insurance discrimination.

Whether or not to take the antibody test is an extremely personal decision. We cannot make that decision for anyone. We can only advise you of the implications of a positive and a negative result in your life. The decision is yours.

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