Why doesn’t i-Base answer questions on HIV testing and transmission?
I have sent several questions about HIV testing and you only send links to information online. Why don’t you answer these questions?
Answer: Simon Collins
i-Base is a project focused on HIV treatment. Our services are mainly for people who are HIV positive and who want to know about treatment.
We are not a service for people worried about their risk of HIV or about HIV testing. It is not that we don’t care – this is just not what we are set up for.
We understand the need for good information about HIV risks and HIV testing – so we developed two very detailed resources.
- This FAQ page will answer most questions.
- The detailed online booklet goes into more detail about transmission and testing.
Together these resources will answer nearly EVERY question you have about risks of catching HIV and how to test. If you have a question that is not already answered we will still answer you and incorporate the answers into the FAQ page for others.
Because these answers are already online we do not answer testing questions individually. i-Base we just don’t have these resources to do this.
i-Base is an information service and not an advice service – and there is an important difference. We provide easy to understand information that is accurate and up-to-date. This is so that people can then take an active role in their own health.
We are 35 years into the HIV epidemic, so everyone who is sexually active needs to have good information about their health. Just as we encourage HIV positive people to understand their own health, we have the same approach for HIV negative people.
The information is online. If you want the answer you have to read it.
Happy reading …
Note: this question was first answered in September 2016 but it is often updated to keep it as a recent question.