Confidential HIV Test - Sometimes Ignorance Really Isn't Bliss!

 By: Tim Leach
We've all heard the saying 'Ignorance is bliss', but when it comes to our health, nothing could be further from the truth. If we don't know that there is a problem, then we can't fix it, and if we don't fix it, most times it will simply get worse and cause us even greater pain and suffering. When it comes to Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), it is not just ourselves who suffer as a result of ignorance or lack of action, but those that we come into intimate contact with too, and that is why taking a confidential HIV test is vitally important if there is even the smallest chance that you might have been exposed to any risk.

Scary stuff!

Of all the tests for the various forms of Sexually Transmitted Disease, for most people the confidential HIV test is the most daunting. While the seriousness of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) makes these feelings entirely understandable, unfortunately many people use this as an excuse for not putting themselves forward for a confidential HIV test at all, or for delaying it. Turning your back on a situation where you may have been exposed to the virus, however, and simply crossing your fingers, could not only severely limit your own life expectancy, but also put others at tremendous risk.

Knowledge is liberating!

Anyone who is a fan of the hit TV series Sex and the City will remember well the episode where the somewhat promiscuous Samantha was forced to face up to her unprotected sexual exploits. Although many might find her motivation for taking a confidential HIV test questionable (the potential of missing out on her next sexual conquest), the fact that she went ahead and had it done liberated her from the fear which had undoubtedly been gnawing away at her for years. The fact is though, that you don't need to be one of the Samanthas of the world to have put yourself in a vulnerable situation. Accidents happen and sometimes we are not as careful as we would have wished. When these things do occur, as much as we would like to simply put them behind us, there is always that little gremlin reminding us of the risks and robbing us of our peace of mind.

Be brave!

Illness will not just miraculously go away if it is ignored, and the longer it is left untreated the more serious it becomes. Facing up to our circumstances can sometimes take courage, but ultimately it can save or prolong our lives. While it might be tempting to think in terms of worst case scenarios, a great many of those who take a confidential HIV test find themselves facing nothing more than relief and the chance to start over with a clean slate and their peace of mind. Even if the worst should happen and the result is a positive one, at least you will be able to take control of your situation and receive the treatment, care and support that you need. Far better that than learning when it's too late to do anything!
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