National HIV Testing Day

HIV testing

According to the CDC, about 1.1 million people in the United States have HIV, and 1 in 7 of them don’t know it. It is recommended that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care.1 To help reduce the stigma and encourage testing, June 27 is National HIV Testing Day.

Where can I get tested?

There are multiple ways to get tested depending on your preference, here are just a few of your options:

 What should I expect when I go in for an HIV test?2

If you’re not testing at home, you can expect a health care provider to take a blood or oral fluid sample. If they are using a rapid HIV test, you should be able to wait for the results. If the test comes back negative, and you haven’t had an exposure for 3 months, you can be confident you’re not infected with HIV. If your HIV test result is positive, you may need to get a follow-up test to be sure you have HIV.

HIV & AIDs

Being HIV-positive does not mean you have AIDS. AIDS is the most advanced stage of HIV disease. HIV can lead to AIDS if a person does not get treatment or take care of their health.

 

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Sources:

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/features/hivtesting/index.html
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/testing.html