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Taking the Test: What's Your Experience?

June 25, 2012


Hana Hawthorne

Hana Hawthorne, Aniz, Inc.; Atlanta, Ga.

For me, taking a HIV test is like being on one of those game shows and the person giving the test was the game show host. I took my first test at a health fair in college. Before the test is administered they asking their routine questions, and for every question I answered "no" I felt like I added $100 into the pot. For every question I answered "yes" it took $50 out of the pot. The test was simple and painless but the biggest issues happened after I left the testing room. Sitting there in the waiting area the big debate started in my head: What if I was positive? How will my family react? How will my partner react? Does everyone in this office know I just took the test? Being on the game show would have been better, but I'm glad I faced my fears.

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