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HIV Testing

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You don’t have to look sick to have AIDS, 1980s-1990s

Before a test was available, people with AIDS usually had to manifest symptoms of another infection, such as Kaposi Sarcoma or pneumonia, to learn their status and often died shortly after. HIV tests made it possible to begin treatment far earlier and with better success, but only if people sought testing before symptoms arose.

  • Publisher(s):
    AIDS Health Project
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Black and white photograph of an African American woman with her hand on her hip looking at the viewer.