Free HIV Testing
Free HIV Testing is offered by the WKU Health Education & Promotion Program.
Testing is ANONYMOUS, confidential, and painless.
WE OFFER FREE HIV TESTING MONTHLY IN THE HEP OFFICE (ROOM 1064 IN THE HEALTH SERVICES BUILIDNG).
CHECK OUT THE WKU WELLU® WEBSITE FOR UPCOMING DATES.
- HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. Unlike some other viruses, the human body cannot get rid of HIV. That means that once you have HIV, you have it for life.
- HIV is a virus that attacks the body's immune system, decreasing the body's ability to fight germs. In a person whose immune system has been weakened by HIV, germs can cause life threatening infections and concerns. Currently, there is no cure for HIV, but medical treatment and healthy lifestyle changes can help you stay healthy and improve your quality of life.
- HIV is a type of virus called a retrovirus, which infects people by coming into contact with tissues lining the vagina, anal area, mouth, or eyes, or through a break in the skin. HIV infection usually progresses slowly. The virus is present throughout the body at all stages of the disease.
- HIV is transmitted by blood and body fluids, including semen and pre-ejaculatory fluid ("pre-cum"), cervical or vaginal secretions and breast milk. HIV is not transmitted by saliva, sweat, tears or urine.
- HIV can be acquired by direct exposure to these fluids via sexual contact with an infected person; by direct exposure to infected blood; and from an HIV-infected woman to her fetus during pregnancy or childbirth or to her infant during breastfeeding.
- AIDS stands for “acquired immunodeficiency syndrome”. AIDS is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus and is the most advanced stage of HIV infection. People with AIDS have weakened immune systems that make them vulnerable to selected conditions and infections.
Benefits of Knowing your Status
- Knowing your HIV status will help you to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to others or potentially making you ill due to a suppressed immune system.
- Knowing your HIV status can alleviate the stress and anxiety of thinking that you may be infected but not knowing your actual HIV status.
- If you test negative for HIV, you can make decisions and take steps that will help you remain HIV negative.
- If you test positive for HIV, you can seek medical treatment earlier. Early medical treatment can slow the progress of HIV and delay the onset of AIDS. Pregnant women who test positive for HIV can take action to prevent their baby from becoming infected with HIV
- Anti-retroviral therapy (ART) is very effective if started early before symptoms appear. The sooner you start treatment, the less likely you are to get sick because of opportunistic infections, HIV-related cancers and AIDS
Reduce your risk
- You can reduce the risk of acquiring HIV through abstinence, if sexually active - consistent use of condoms, and getting routine testing for sexually transmitted infections (STI's).