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Today is World AIDS Day, so get tested

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Did you know that you don't need health insurance to get tested for AIDS and STDs in LA County? The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health Sexually Transmitted Disease Program is complimentary to its residents. So don't wait. Go and use it.

We are not AIDS experts here, but we believe in a simple idea. If everyone would get tested at least once a year, the spread of AIDS and STDs would drastically go down. Stop the "I didn't know I had it" syndrome and get to know your body.

Don't think you can get HIV or AIDS? That's what these people thought.

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There are several ways to contract the virus, the most common is through unprotected sex and through sharing needles. LAist highly recommends honest communication with your partners and the use of condoms as a form of protecting oneself and others from this horrible virus.

Medicine has come a long way since AIDS was first discovered, but before it can help you, you must get tested. It's simple, painless, and free. Yes it's scary when you're waiting for the results but the sense of relief when you find out that you're ok is wonderful.

Do it for yourself and do it for those who you love.

Celebrate World AIDS Day