Why should you get tested?
Who should get tested?
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. If you or someone you know exhibits behaviors that put you at a greater risk for contracting HIV—including having unprotected vaginal or anal sex, or sharing needles to inject drugs, you should be tested right away, and again every 3 to 6 months.
Talk to your healthcare provider about how often you should be tested. If you are not at high-risk, you should consider getting tested as part of your annual physical exam. Where you may be right, why not know your status for sure??
What if my test comes back positive?
The way people live with HIV has changed. There are lots of places to find information and support, and there are more treatment options available than ever before.
You can work with a healthcare provider who can help you manage your HIV. People with HIV who are on treatment, and have their viral load decreased, are living healthier lives. Most people can get their viral load to be undetectable with proper HIV treatment and by taking HIV medicines exactly as prescribed.