November #41 : Prick and Tell - by Lark Lands

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Long Day's Journey

Lethal Lottery

Natural Bootleg


One for the Books

Flying Ace

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Engine No. 48,000


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Enter at Your Own Risk

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“Just Say No” to Welfare

Ms. Thurman Goes to Washington

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Show and Tell

The Eye in the Storm

Get Our Phil

POZarazzi: AIDS! The Musical

Verse: Amirah


One for the Books

Flying Ace

Tucker: The Man and His Dream

Hatch a Plan

Poetic License

Poetic License

The Vision Thing

Stop the World, I want to Get Off

Surviving Behind the Walls

Prick and Tell

The Bitter End

Draining the Reservoirs

Testosterone Beats Fatigue

Carnitine Boosts CD4s

Multivitamins for Moms

Bleach Works

HIV Med Line

Weight List

Do the Hustle

A Mantra a Day

Attack of the Monster Combo

Helper Cells

He Still Is What He Is

Dark Secrets

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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November 1998

Prick and Tell

by Lark Lands

Home HIV tests made easy

A friend wants to (has to) get tested, but is afraid to go to his doctor again, can’t wait a month for a clinic appointment and is driving you nuts with “Eeeek, what if I’m poz?” hobgoblins. What’s an HIVer to do? Tell him to go test himself.

Jab, smear, mail, call. That’s all it takes to find out one’s HIV status with the FDA-approved Home Access HIV-1 Test System. The self-testing kits, on the market since last year, contain an easy-to-use lancet for drawing blood, a test card for the sample, a pre-paid shipping envelope and simple, straightforward instructions. For $39.95, the standard mail-in provides results in seven days. Or being a positively positive pal, you can spring an extra 10 bucks to shorten his wait—and your drama—to three days. It’s all anonymous—testees use a code number for calling in to register and to get results; trained counselors are available 24/7—not only at the Big Moment but also for follow-up. In an in-house test at POZ, both negative and positive results were delivered professionally and sensitively. One counselor even stayed on the phone for half an hour with a staffer who tested positive (again), offering a sympathetic ear and reasonable suggestions to his mock shock. Kits are available at most chain pharmacies, though some stores keep the tests behind the counter. You can also get access to more info by calling 1-800-HIV-TEST.

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