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""Today is the National HIV Testing Month! Do you know what HIV is, how it’s transmitted, and where to seek resources? HIV is a virus that weakens a person’s immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease.
Our Deaf Health lab conducted a survey with 1350 Deaf ASL users; and found that 54% had taken an HIV test in their lifetime, and 32% had taken a test within the past year. Younger age, male, Black, LGBTQ, no college degree, or having a history of STD were associated with HIV screening uptake.
HIV is transmitted by unprotected anal or vaginal sex, sharing needles or syringes. If you feel that you are at risk for contracting HIV, or just want to be proactive about your health, get HIV tested soon and learn about prevention methods like condoms and PrEP. Screening is part of preventive care and insurance covers it. Discuss with your doctor!"""