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by ghollinden@ucsd.edu — last modified Dec 06, 2011 12:08 PM
We admit it. Our plan is audacious. We want 10,470 men and women living in 92103 + 92104 to answer the question “would you or wouldn’t you take an hiv test this year?”

92103 + 92104 are solving our own challenges, thank you very much. That includes a first-of-its-kind study with UC San Diego School of Medicine about the attitudes and barriers to HIV testing. You see, it’s been 30 years since AIDS was discovered and we still don’t know when a vaccine is coming. So we’re going to do something about it.

 

We want everyone in 92103 + 92104 – yes, everyone – to answer the question “Would your or wouldn’t you take an HIV test?” If you would, we offer a free, confidential HIV Rapid Test that will give you your results in 10 minutes. If you would not, we’d like you to fill out a short, confidential survey.

 

By participating in this study, you can help us better overcome barriers to HIV testing. Because if we can get everyone to test, we can get treatment to everyone who wants it. And effective treatment can reduce the chances of HIV transmission by up to 90%. That’s how we stop HIV in its tracks.

 

If you would like to learn more of the details, check out our FAQ.

So, would you or wouldn’t you? The top 5 reasons we’re popping this big question.

  1. impatience

    It’s been over 30 years since the first case of AIDS was diagnosed in the U.S. and we still don’t have a vaccine. So while the research continues, we’re going to do something about it ourselves.

  2. curiosity

    By participating in our research, you help us better understand why people choose or don’t choose to take an HIV test. If we can understand that, we can make more effective campaigns to promote testing.

  3. common sense

    Since it’s already been proven that regular HIV testing is integral to curbing the spread of HIV, more effective testing campaigns mean more people testing regularly.

  4. strength in numbers

    If someday everyone tests, anyone who needs treatment can get it. Effective treatment can reduce the chances of HIV transmission by up to 90% and that’s how we curb the spread of HIV.

  5. karma

    So, we are asking you to give us just 15 minutes of your time to take our HIV Rapid Test or take our survey. Either way, you’re helping us with some very important research and that’s going to score you some major karma points.