What You Can Do

Stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS is everybody's responsibility - government, schools, churches, synagogues, mosques, family, government, you, me. Now that self-testing is likely to be an option in the near future, there are many ways people will be able to get involved and to take action.  

Here are some things you can:

  • Get informed, and join a community and cyber-conversation.  Our blogs and newsletters specifally try to promote this. 
  • Join one of our upcoming "HIV Self-Testing: Opportunities, Issues and Ethics" workshops (see here for Wheaton dates), or contact us to plan one of these in your own community/organization.  
  • Know your own status.  Learn more about testing options and accessing tests.  Here is more about different kinds of tests. As self-testing options become available, think about ways to make sure that this is used safely, compassionately and ethically in your community
  • Know the Basics.  It can be surprising how often people think they know about HIV, but don't know the basics, as this video shows:
  • Share your testing experience.  There are many barriers between individuals and an $8 test.  When we share experiences, we can expose and ultimately remove these barriers.  Of course, self-testing will mean that these barriers are now moveable.  
  • Encourage friends and family to get tested.
  • Learn more about self-administered HIV-rapid tests - the technology and the bureaucracy.
  • Link to us.  Especially if you can help promote testing at internet dating sites or organizations that promote HIV/AIDS work but do not include HIV-testing as a piece of the puzzle.  Also think about ways that youtube, facebook and twitter can help educate and promote testing.
  • Donate.  Support our work. 

Making HIV-testing a basic piece of the puzzle is vital to stopping the spread of HIV.  If we are going to be successful in this, the answer to the question "Who should be tested?" has to change from "them" to "us".  An inclusive approach to testing means all of us.  Regardless of whether your focus on HIV is in your own backyard, or in a far-away community, or even if HIV is not a part of your work, the simple act of getting tested can make a difference. 

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