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WHY SHOULD YOU
It’s the only way to know for sure if you are HIV-positive.
Knowing can also help you prevent HIV from spreading by taking protective actions.
Who should get
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 be tested for HIV at least once. Talk to your healthcare provider about how often you should be tested.
Even if you don't think you're at risk or you’re not showing signs or symptoms, consider getting tested as part of your annual physical exam. You may be right, but why not know your status for sure?
How can you
There are a lot of ways to get the test done. Here are just a few:
- Ask a healthcare provider or hospital for an HIV test
- Search local clinics or community health centers for free testing services
- Use a home HIV test that you can find in most pharmacies or online
158,500 people with HIV
not been diagnosed.*
IF YOUR TEST COMES BACK NEGATIVE
There are still some things you should do:
Sometimes life doesn't go as planned. A condom can break, a partner may step out, or in the heat of the moment using protection may fall by the wayside. These are all reasons why you might want to add PrEP to your safe sex practices. Here's what you should know:
PrEP (or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a medication used to help prevent you from getting HIV. Using PrEP can help reduce your risk of getting HIV if a condom breaks, isn't used correctly, or isn’t used the whole time. However, PrEP does not protect against other STIs.
IF YOU ARE
Are an adult or adolescent who:
- has been sexually active in the last 6 months
- sometimes has sex without a condom
- has had an STI in the past 6 months, OR
- has a partner with HIV—especially if they are unsure of or have a detectable viral load
BE A TEST FRIEND
One of the best things you can do for your friends is encourage them to get tested, too. When they get tested, go with them to help provide support.
Find HIV resources in your area.