10. hiv self-testing kits now exist
In many countries, self-testing kits are now available, so that you can find out your HIV status in the privacy of your own home!But even if you can't access an HIV self-testing kit, it's SO important to get tested and know your HIV status. Knowing whether you're HIV-positive or HIV-negative may seem scary, but realistically the scarier thing is leaving HIV to wreak havoc on your immune system. It's just a status, and if you're HIV-positive you could save your own life by finding out and seeking treatment earlier, rather than later.
We've come a long way battling against HIV around the world, but some countries and demographics are being seriously left behind in the progress. It's now young people that are most at risk of contracting HIV, and young girls are particularly vulnerable. Young women (10-24 years old) are twice as likely to get infected HIV as young men the same age, and AIDS-related illnesses are the leading cause of death of women between the ages of 15-44!
This World AIDS Day, we're preaching: let's end HIV once and for all, because we now collectively have the tools and knowledge to actually do so. Make sure you share your messages about HIV today and join the movement, using the hashtag #WorldAIDSDay.- Emiley Hooley