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Taking the Test: What's Your Experience?

June 25, 2012


Audria A. Russell

Audria A. Russell, Women in Need; New York City

I always do my very best to practice what I preach as it pertains to HIV prevention and education: I talk, host and plan various forums on HIV prevention in New York State, and most important I encourage as many of my family members as possible to get HIV tested. I was extremely proud and happy when my sister shared with me that she decided to get tested for HIV after attending an HIV prevention event with me! But, interestingly, for a long time I never got tested because in my mind I was not at risk for HIV infection. However, in 2007 my excuses ended, when my friend and colleague Ann (not her real name) asked me if I was ever tested for HIV? I told her a delayed "Nooooooo, but I will get HIV tested at my next appointment with my health care provider."

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