While HIV/AIDS isn't in the headlines the way it was in the 80's and early 90's, it's still an enormous problem that has yet to find a cure. One person in the U.S. is infected every 9.5 minutes with this disease. Symptoms can sometimes take months, even years to come about, so you can be a carrier without even knowing it. More than 1 million people in this country are infected, and 1 out of 5 don't even realize it. The statistics are scary, but the taking the test doesn't need to be. It's important that we all get tested frequently (especially if you're sexually active and more so if you have more than 1 partner.) There are many places where you can get tested, several of which are free. Please visit the National HIV and STD Testing Resources website and find the location nearest you in order to get tested. Take a friend, take your girlfriend, take your partner, take your brother, take whoever you can to get tested with you. It's worth the piece of mind.
For those of you in the Miami/South Florida area, here are just a few of the locations available to you that say they have FREE HIV testing. Call and make an appointment or just go and get yourself tested!