East and Southern Africa are the regions in the world most affected by HIV. An estimated 7.7 million people in South Africa are HIV positive. These statistics emphasise the need to pay serious attention to HIV. Knowing your HIV status, whether positive or negative, can help you stay on the right track to leading a long and healthy life.
Although there is no cure for HIV yet, it can be managed and treated successfully. Medicine and science have evolved so much that people can still live a long, healthy and happy life when HIV-positive.
You should get tested if you:
Normally, testing involves extracting a small sample of blood from your arm or finger or an oral swab.
It generally takes a few days to a few weeks for you to get your HIV test results. However, rapid HIV tests can produce results in about 30 minutes.