For Valentine’s weekend, AIDS Delaware will offer HIV testing for couples from Friday to Sunday, Feb. 12 to 14.
Yes, HIV infections are still happening. In 2020, even with the COVID-19 pandemic, 90 new people tested positive for HIV in Delaware. That brings the total number of reported cases of people living with HIV in Delaware to 3,580, according to the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services’ Division of Public Health HIV/AIDS Surveillance Program.
Knowing one’s HIV status allows individuals to take action to keep themselves and their partners healthy and safe.
Even if someone tests positive, there are very effective medicines available to treat HIV. People taking HIV medicines as prescribed are living long and healthy lives. People who get and keep an undetectable viral load are at no risk of transmitting HIV to an HIV-negative partner through sex.
If people test negative, there are options available to help prevent HIV and ensure they are protecting themselves and their partners.
“AIDS Delaware was the first agency to offer couples testing,” said Darcy Brasure, manager of counseling and testing. “It only makes sense ... this way you can be there to support each other, no matter the results.” Whether positive or negative, the AIDS Delaware staff will discuss individuals’ options with them and provide the resources they need. Testing is free and confidential, and people will know their results in under 15 minutes.
To sweeten the deal, couples who make an appointment for Feb. 12-14 will receive a sweet treat. To make an appointment, call Darcy Brasure at 302-397-1457.
For more information, go to www.aidsdelaware.org.