Let’s just get one thing out of the way. Sex is practically inevitable these days. I know it, you know it, and even the pups who are awkwardly stuck together after intercourse know it. So why people are still caught up in the stigma surrounding HIV and other STDs is beyond me. The knowledge of the virus is out there, and with mediums such as the internet, we often find out more ways to go get tested.
I was curious to know if there were any organizations that specifically catered to testing couples or even friends who didn’t want to do it alone when I came across testingtogether.org.
According to the site, Testing Together provides an opportunity for you and your partner to have your HIV test together and get your test results together, with a trained counselor present to help you talk about the results. Testing Together and receiving your results together can start an ongoing healthy conversation between you and your partner about HIV in your relationship, and allow you to talk openly about building a protection plan together.
Although this particular campaign is targeted towards same gender loving couples and is only currently available in Chicago and Atlanta, on a broader scale it’s a great idea. If two individuals are mature enough to agree to have sex, why not agree to go get tested together? Hopefully more cities will promote ideas like this. The more we include everyone instead of limiting it to one particular group, or not discussing it all, the faster we can move forward and prevent infections all together. Thoughts?