Becky Allen, Site Manager, TheBody.com; New York City
My first HIV test actually came at my doctor's suggestion. I came in for my annual GYN appointment and my doc basically said without preamble, "OK, I'm going to test you for HIV, herpes, Chlamydia, syphilis, the works."
I had a moment of, "What exactly do you think I'm doing in my sex life to need all that?" And I should know better -- doctors should be doing the full run of tests, and suggesting them isn't judgment. (In fairness to me, I'd barely started working at TheBody.com when this happened, which was eye-opening for me in general. Hopefully I've quelled that internalized stigma a bit by now.)
(And bonus experience from that day -- I'd worked at TheBody.com just long enough to know you can do rapid oral HIV tests, which was what I figured she'd give me. I was extremely disappointed when she pulled out a needle instead, because owwwww.)