“Could I have been infected with HIV?” Many people who contact the AIDS service organization are asking themselves this very question – because they’ve had unprotected sex, for instance, because maybe the condom slipped or because of another situation that may have put them at risk for HIV.
An HIV test can clarify the situation. If someone is actually infected, then knowing about it brings with it enormous advantages in terms of health. A timely HIV therapy can then protect the immune system from the virus.
Whereas, if an infection is not detected until later, the virus has often already caused serious harm to the body. This can all be avoided with a timely test and therapy.
An HIV test can also be carried out anonymously. The test delivers a reliable result three months after the last risk situation.
HIV tests are on offer at public health authorities and doctor’s offices. In some cases, tests are also offered at AIDS service organizations and establishments for gay men. The Deutsche Aidshilfe at the telephone number 0180 33 19411 can tell you where you can get tested.
Public health authorities provide the test free of charge or for a small fee. The big advantage: you can remain anonymous; you do not have to give your name.