Health Info – Receive a free HIV test between October 15 and November 30 (P)

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October 15, 2021, 4:59 p.m.

What are the risk factors for HIV infection?

Parenteral manipulations (medical and non-medical) with the use of non-sterile instruments;

Use of injectable drugs with the use of non-sterile instruments;

Unprotected sexual intercourse;

Children born to HIV-infected mothers.

How is HIV infection transmitted?

The transmission of HIV infection is mainly achieved through the following three ways:

Parenteral (through blood): transfusions of infected blood and blood products, transplantation of biological tissues and infected organs, syringes, needles contaminated with blood, poorly processed medical instruments;

Sexual (through unprotected sexual contact with an infected person);

Maternal-fetal (from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding).

How is HIV NOT transmitted?

It is very important to know that HIV is not transmitted:

by air;

by food or water;

by handshakes or hugs;

by kissing, coughing, sneezing;

by means of animals or by insect bites.

How is HIV infection detected?

The diagnosis of human immunodeficiency virus infection is followed by the following steps:

Screening tests – rapid tests on the blood drop or rapid self-tests based on oral fluid;

Confirmatory tests (PCR) – determination of HIV RNA (viral load);

When can you get tested for HIV markers?

if you have had risky behavior (for example, unprotected sex / without a condom);

if you have used non-sterile injection devices with others;

if you have had an accident, which involved contact with another person’s blood (for example, you offered help to an injured person without protection);

if you have been sexually assaulted;

if you want to know your health;

if you suffer from a sexually transmitted infection;

if you intend to give birth to a child;

if you found out that a former partner is infected with HIV.

Between October 15 and November 30, you can request a FREE quick HIV test at any Family Pharmacy branch!

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