tested for HIV
In the U.S., for
every 7 people
who have HIV,
one of them does
not know it
Testing is the
only way to
know if you
With or without
HIV, you can live
a long and
Everyone between the ages of
13 and 64 should get tested for
HIV at least once.
Just getting tested once may not be enough. National guidelines from the CDC recommend testing once a year if you
The CDC also suggests:
Testing every 3 to 6 months
for sexually active gay and bisexual men.
1. You should get retested if you have had anal or vaginal sex without a condom, or if you have shared injection drug equipment with someone who has HIV.
2. The CDC suggests retesting because of the “window period.” This is the length of time between exposure to HIV and when HIV shows up on a test. This can take up to three months. So if your test result is negative, protect yourself and get retested after three months.
3. Retesting helps you track your status and take care of
You can ask your healthcare provider for an HIV test. Testing is also available at clinics, hospitals, and community health centers. Discuss your results, positive or negative, with your healthcare provider.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE HIV, you can stay that way. Use condoms and safer sex to protect yourself. Talk to your partners about their test results. Never share needles. Get retested regularly. And ask a healthcare provider about all the ways you can prevent HIV.
Weakens the immune system
and causes damage inside the body
Makes it harder for the body
to fight off diseases
When left untreated, HIV can
eventually lead to AIDS
The most advanced stage of HIV infection
Occurs when a person’s immune
system is badly damaged
Causes inflammation and makes it harder
for the body to fight off AIDS-related
infections and certain cancers
HIV Can Lead to AIDS,
But It Does Not Have to Happen.
If you have HIV, take care of yourself. Talk to a healthcare
provider about HIV treatment. And stop the virus in your body.
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