Why Is It Important to Get Tested?

UNM Truman Health Services offers fast and confidential HIV testing, the importance of which cannot be understated. HIV testing is the first step to getting the care or counseling you need to take care of your physical, emotional and sexual health.

Testing Gives You Peace of Mind

Some people who suspect they may have contracted HIV may put off knowing, as if not knowing will prevent them from experiencing any symptoms. But in regards to HIV, ignorance is not bliss. Obviously, not knowing your HIV status does not prevent the virus from replicating and the disease from progressing. Worse yet, the not-knowing increases emotional and physiological stress.

Testing Helps Find the Right Treatment

HIV is a virus, much like the common cold or flu. If you suspect you have a cold or flu, you can treat yourself accordingly without risk that cold/flu remedies will hurt you if you do not, in fact, have one of those viruses. HIV treatment doesn’t work like that.

HIV treatments, i.e., ART, cannot be safely administered to someone who is not living with HIV. Because these treatments are medically regulated—you need a prescription and consistent monitoring for them—there must be a definitive HIV diagnosis before you have access to HIV drugs. And having access is imperative. Establishing an ART regimen as early as possible in the disease process has been shown to increase your chances for positive health outcomes, including a normal life expectancy.

If You Are Afraid of Testing

If you are putting off getting tested for HIV because you are afraid of what the results may say, you’re not alone. But rather than put your health at risk, visit UNM Truman Health Services. We respect your confidentiality regardless of your age. We also offer counseling and education to help you cope with your diagnosis and increase your adherence to safe sex practices.

For rapid HIV testing, you may either contact us to schedule an appointment or walk into our clinic during walk-in testing hours, Tuesdays from 8 am to noon and Thursdays from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm.