STD testing is a scary subject for a lot of people—well, okay, nearly everybody—but it doesn’t have to be that way. Arming yourself with the knowledge to eliminate that fear is the first step toward ensuring you stay healthy and awesome, and talking to experts like our very own Dr. Lisa Oldson about the ins and outs and the whys of testing can get you there.
Dr. Lisa Oldson (an absolute whiz on all matters relating to sexually transmitted infections) is leading this week’s #STDChat, focusing on helping you conquer your fears and doubts about HIV testing. Through the magic of Twitter, Dr. Oldson will lead the discussion, which will include:
• What the risk factors are
• How to face (and beat) anxiety associated with testing
• Resources and healthcare available to help patients that test positive get back to a full, healthy life.
When is this #STDChat?
• Friday, January 18th at 12 PM CST
How can you get in on the action and educate yourself about HIV testing? There’s a ton of ways:
• Follow Dr. Oldson (@LisaOldson) on Twitter
• Submit a question by tweeting it, using hashtag #STDchat
• Too shy to ask? Just follow the #STDchat hashtag and see what questions others are asking—odds are, they’re worried about the same things you are.
In addition to Dr. Oldson’s tweets, there are other social-media stations you can turn to and get the courage to get tested:
• Need2Know HIV, The AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s campaign to spread awareness about the importance of testing has a wealth of stories, news, facts and other resources.
• The Centers for Disease Control’s website on HIV testing can help you locate the nearest place to get tested, and learn how to protect yourself against the disease.
• Spread the word about HIV testing, and help keep your friends and loved ones safe, by sharing the data and posting the banners available for free download on the HealthFinder.gov site.
See you on the chat!