Whether you’re negative or positive, rest assured, you’re safe
If You Tested Positive
The standard HIV testing procedure requires using two to three test kits with different methods to test the same blood. According to protocol, if the first test delivers a reactive result, the same blood is tested again a second and third time. The ‘POSITIVE’ status can only be declared when all three tests are reactive.
If you test ‘POSITIVE’, don’t panic. There are many people who test positive who live happy, long and healthy lives by adhering to anti-retroviral treatment and safe sex. As well, there are a variety of resources available to you.
You’ll receive counseling on how to take special care of yourself and your loved ones. Remember, HIV is NOT as easily transmitted as many other viruses. It CANNOT be transmitted via food, drink, saliva, mosquitoes, kissing, hugging, or touch. However, you MUST abstain from unprotected sex. This’ll help you protect yourself from getting other sexually transmitted diseases and prevent the spreading of HIV to your sex partners. You still can have sex but it has to be safe.
The nurse will likely request that you contact everybody you’ve had sex with in the past six months. You may have unknowingly passed the virus on to them. You should ask them to check their HIV status so that they can take appropriate action to prevent further HIV infections.
You don’t need to go through this alone. You may decide to tell one or some of your close friends before you tell your family. That’s your choice. However, you should talk to someone about it. Ignoring your HIV-positive status won’t make it go away.
If you feel like you can’t or don’t want to tell your family or friends, the nurse can share information with you about some of the services in Bangkok available to support you.
We recommend the following organisations:
- Rainbow Sky Association of Thailand
- The POZ Home Center Foundation
- SWING Thailand
- HIV Foundation Thailand
To learn more about what happens next, view the Live Positively section of this website.
If You Tested Negative
The standard HIV testing procedure requires using 2-3 test kits with different methods to test the same blood. However, if the first test kit, usually the most sensitive, provides a non-reactive result, you receive a ‘NEGATIVE’ result.
If your result comes back ‘NEGATIVE’, you receive counseling on practices that will help you stay negative and live a healthy sex life. This includes a regular HIV test at least every three months.
Go check our Stay Safe section to find a range of information on how you can be sexually active while protecting your health and that of the people you play with.