The fact is that HIV is preventable, and you can reduce or eliminate your risk. And early detection can lead to early treatment and better outcomes. Many people live long, normal lives with early detection and proper care, because the advancements in HIV options have been significant.
When to get Tested for HIV
How often you should get tested for HIV depends on your circumstances. If you have never been tested for HIV, you should be tested at least once. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends being tested at least once a year if you do things that can result in HIV infection.
- Sex (vaginal, oral or anal) with multiple partners
- Sex with someone who is HIV positive or whose status you don’t know
- Sex between a man and another man
- Using illegal injected drugs or steroids
- Shared needles or syringes
- Exchanged sex for money
- A diagnosis or treatment for hepatitis, tuberculosis or a sexually transmitted disease like syphilis
Who is at Risk for HIV
If you have been exposed to events that could result in HIV infection, you should test 3 months after the event. If you feel you are at risk of being infected with HIV, it is a good idea to test regularly.
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