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Redefining the Word "Test"

I had my first AIDS test at 19 (when I was a freshman in college). And while it was a scary experience – it was an important milestone for me. Yes, it’s back to school time again and “testing” doesn’t just refer to how many multiple choice questions you can fudge your way through while checking out the hot guy/girl next to you.

According to dictionary.com, there are 14 definitions of the word “test”. However, I like the first two:

1. the means by which the presence, quality, or genuineness of anything is determined; a means of trial.

2.

the trial of the quality of something: to put to the test.

You are probably wondering what these have to do with AIDS tests. Well, there is no better means of evaluating the quality of a potential partner than whether or not he/she is willing to be tested for HIV (and the other STDs as well). Because if he/she says no - do you really want to have sex with them?

I can’t figure out why some many of us refuse to be tested – or conveniently “forget” to ask our partners to be tested. Are we afraid of the response? Are we ignorant? Do we think that HIV isn’t a big problem anymore?

Ladies, listen up! Women are one of the fasting growing populations being infected with HIV (and not just in Africa - in our own United States). It does affect us – and if we don’t demand condoms and testing – who is? Should someone else take responsibility for our sexual health or should we be the independent smart women that we claim to be?

We need to practice what we preach. If we tell our friends that they should get tested, then it is up to us to be tested too! I often tell people that it’s just something we need to get used to. It’s another part of being sexually active in the twenty-first century.

So don't wait to get an AIDS test. Be proactive - do it now. No matter what, I can assure you that you will get an A+ for sexual responsibility!

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