Being sure is beautiful
Know Your StatusWhen it comes to HIV, being sure of your status is a beautiful thing. Whether your test shows that you are HIV negative or positive, you will have the information you need to begin making important decisions to keep you healthy.
Know the Statistics
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the United States. Of those currently living with HIV, one in seven don't know it. Among young people ages 13 - 24, this number is one in two.
- In 2014, gay and bisexual men made up an estimated 2 percent of the United States populated, but accounted for 70 percent of new HIV diagnoses.
- In 2015, African Americans accounted for nearly one half of all HIV diagnoses, and Latinos accounted for nearly one quarter.
- Rates of STDs have recently increased across the nation. Having an STD can make it easier for a person to get or give HIV.
Get Tested for HIV and STDs
Testing for HIV and STDs is easy—it’s free, fast and confidential. No matter the outcome of your test, our caring providers will make sure you get the information and support you need to stay healthy. Find a nearby testing center.
Learn about Preventing HIV
If your test results show that you are HIV negative, it’s time to talk about prevention. Reducing your number of sexual partners and using condoms regularly and properly are two effective ways to lower the chances of getting HIV and STDs. You may also want to learn about PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis). PrEP is a daily pill that prevents HIV. It’s recommended for those at greater risk of HIV, including men who have sex with men and transgender women.
Begin HIV Treatment
While HIV is still considered a serious virus, treatment is available and effective. The sooner you start receiving care after getting HIV, the more likely you are of living a long and healthy life.By staying on effective treatment, your HIV can become "undetectable" which means you can't transmit HIV to others. In this way, treatment for HIV helps limit the spread of HIV altogether.
How often should you get tested?
The CDC recommends people with an identified risk get tested every year. Others who are at higher risk of getting HIV or STDs should get tested every three to six months. These individuals may include:
- Men who have sex with men (MSM)
- Individuals who have vaginal or anal sex without condoms.
- Transgender people, especially transgender women
- Individuals who share injection drug equipment
Speak with your doctor to learn more about how often you should be tested for HIV and STDs.
The Fast Track Cities Initiative: 90-90-90 by 2020
By signing on as a "Fast Track City," Denver committed to reaching two important sets of goals that, if met, will signify the end of the HIV epidemic in our region. By 2020, our goal is for 90% of people living with HIV to be diagnosed and know their status, 90% of those diagnosed iwth HIV to be engaged in care, and 90% of those in care to have suppressed viral loads. By 2030, we aim to increase those percentages to 95%. Denver is close to reaching the 90-90-90 goals, but engagement in care for individuals living with HIV remains the greatest challenge. If you are living with HIV and have not yet started treatment or have fallen out of care, call (303) 602-3652 today.