Find out about HIV testing and retesting. And why it may be a good idea to think of every season as testing season.
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 and other groups recommend retesting at least once a year for anyone at higher risk for getting HIV, including:
You should also get tested or retested if youare pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
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 can help you feel more confident about your health.
Have more questions abouttesting guidelines? Talk to a healthcare provider.
You can also get answers from the CDC.
You can ask a healthcare provider for an HIV test. Or you can visit a clinic, hospital,or community health center. Discuss your results, positive or negative, with a healthcare provider.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE HIV, you can stay that way. Use condoms and practice safer sex to help 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 inflammation and 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
Makes it easier for you to become extremely sick
Makes it difficult for the body to fight off certain cancers and infections
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.
There is no cure for HIV, but starting and sticking to treatment can help stop the virus in your body.
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