To learn more about Couples HIV Testing and Counseling, testing in general or to schedule an appointment, call 614-340-6720 or email JohnHenry@ARCOhio.org
| JOHN HENRY, JR
TRADITIONALLY, HIV testing has been a very private matter. Given the strong stigma associated with HIV and the individual needs of people who may be at risk, many prefer the opportunity to discuss their sexual behaviors and learn of their HIV status on their own. However, some people in relationships have long expressed the desire to test with their partner(s). With Valentine’s Day being celebrated this month, I felt it was an opportune time to announce that ARC Ohio now offers this option.
An important part of any healthy relationship is having difficult conversations about boundaries, needs and desires. Many, and I would argue most, tend to default to the idea of monogamy within relationships. However, we know that some couples prefer a more open relationship or may have a creative interpretation of what monogamy means. Couples HIV Testing and Counseling offers clients an opportunity to explore the dynamics of their relationship, discuss potential risks and make mutual agreements to keep each other safe in the future. In addition, couples learn of each other’s HIV status together.
You have to decide which testing approach works best for you. Whichever way you decide to get informed and know your status, the important part is that you do. Even if the new couples testing is not right for you, you can still set a date to get tested on the same day with separate counselors. I can’t think of anything more romantic than showing you care for each other’s health and well-being.
Have a happy, informed, safe and sexy Valentine’s Day!