Mesmerize Recounts 5 Takeaways from USCHA's 2020 Conference

1. Testing is the only way to know if you have HIV.

If everyone knew their status, we could protect ourselves and each other, bringing us closer to ending the epidemic.  Everyone should talk to their healthcare provider and make testing a part of their routine sexual healthcare. 

Visit helpstopthevirus.com or healthysexuals.com for more information about getting tested. 

2.COVID-19 has changed the guidance around self-testing & at-home testing for HIV.

OraQuick is the first FDA-approved oral swab in-home test for HIV-1 and HIV-2 that does not require blood.  Visit oraquick.com to learn more.  

Check with your local COVID-19 testing site to see if they offer HIV testing as well. 

3. HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects different populations.

There are specific needs and concerns of gay, bisexual, queer and transmen and women living with HIV, that differ by race, age and more.

There is an urgency to support community-driven solutions to close gaps in care for those disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS.

4. Virtual communities can help bring the HIV community together and reduce social isolation.

Churches, community groups, POZ and other organizations have online communities/forums to reduce social isolation and connect those with similar health issues.

5. It will take more than just medicine to put an end to the epidemic.

It will take the continued commitment of all of us working together to put programs in place that reduce disparities, correct common misconceptions and erase the stigma that stands in the way of people knowing their status and engaging in care.

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