HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that weakens your body’s built-in defense system, which is called immune system, against disease that allows you to stay healthy. HIV can be transmitted through acts such as sex without a condom, sharing equipment to inject or inhale drugs, or using unclean needles for tattooing and piercing.
The only way to know if you are infected with HIV is to be tested. Only 5 body fluids can contain enough HIV for the virus to be transmitted: blood, semen including pre-cum, rectal fluid, vaginal fluid and breast milk. Small blood sample will be used for HIV test to see if it contains any HIV antibodies. This is proteins that are produced by the blood to help fight infection.
The earlier you find out if you are HIV positive, the longer and healthier you can live by accessing support, treatment and learning how to take care of yourself. A Liberty Market Pharmacist will walk you throughout the process of the HIV test and will provide you with full information on how to protect yourself and others from becoming infected. If you have been tested HIV positive and you want to become pregnant, you can access care and support to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.