5 Things You Should Know Before Going to HIV Clinics
A visit to an HIV clinic can be stressful and disconcerting for just about anyone. This is especially true if it’s your first time.
Here are five things you should know beforehand.
1. Know the symptoms and test regularly
Just like any other STI, knowing the symptoms and regularly testing for HIV will only help your chances of early detection, and ensure early treatment. In the case of HIV, early symptoms can be similar to those of the flu and can be easily dismissed. Headaches, fatigue, fever, swollen lymph nodes and a rash are all common symptoms of the flu but are also usually the first symptoms of HIV.
2. Ignore the myths and educate yourself
Even today, with the advent of the Internet and with a massive amount of information available to the general public, myths and misinformation surrounding HIV are prevalent. Take a few minutes to educate yourself on the basics of HIV* so you can avoid unnecessary emotional and psychological stress associated with a visit to the HIV clinic.
3. An HIV clinic isn’t the same as a regular clinic
HIV clinics typically employ people who are have an in-depth understanding of HIV. This includes not just its physical effects, but also the psychological and social effects of the virus.
What does that mean? This type of clinic is run by and for people who won’t pass judgment and where myths and stigmas surrounding the virus are actively discouraged. The primary goal of an HIV clinic is not just patient care, but also education and research in regards to the virus, its contraction and treatment.
HIV clinics take confidentiality seriously
Confidentiality is a primary concern for anyone visiting an HIV clinic. The staff is highly aware of this, and takes privacy into consideration in all patient correspondence.
They won’t leave identifying voicemail messages for you, and they will not mail any correspondence in recognizable envelopes. They will also listen to and respect any special considerations you might have in regards to confidentiality.
Testing is simple and can be done at home
Testing for HIV only requires a simple blood test. If an HIV clinic still sounds intimidating, myLAB Box offers an HIV home test that takes just minutes to complete. You can get results in as few as 2-5 business days. It only takes a tiny prick of the finger to gather a sample.
Testing at home might be a good option to mentally prepare yourself before going to an HIV clinic, which may only be necessary if you test positive. Going into a clinic with some prior knowledge of your situation can alleviate some of the stress and tension involved.
Find out how it works and get an HIV home test today.
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