HIV / STD Testing
Whether you’re looking for the most effective treatment plan or the best prevention strategy, HIV and STD testing is the right way to start. Here’s all you need to know:
Why is HIV testing important?
who have HIV
and don’t know it
There are a number of reasons why HIV testing is so essential. People who discover they are HIV-positive can get HIV treatment known as antiretroviral therapy (ART) and stay healthy. But without HIV treatment, people who don’t know they have HIV may be risking their health and the health of others.
The CDC estimates that about 1 in 7 Americans with HIV don’t know they have it. And 30% of new HIV infections are transmitted by people living with undiagnosed HIV.
An HIV-positive person taking meds can often have an undetectable viral load—meaning the virus is not detectable in their bloodstream. And that means that the possiblility of that person infecting an HIV-negative person is extremely low.
Who should get tested for HIV?
Older than 13
that’s having sex
at least once
of these risk factors
should get tested yearly:
Are you a man who has had sex with another man?
Have you had sex—anal or vaginal—with an HIV-positive partner?
Have you had more than one sex partner since your last HIV test?
Have you injected drugs and shared needles or works (for example, water or cotton)?
Have you exchanged sex for drugs or money?
Have you been diagnosed with or sought treatment for another sexually transmitted disease?
Have you been diagnosed with or treated for hepatitis or tuberculosis (TB)?
Have you had sex with someone who could answer yes to any of the above questions or someone whose sexual history you don’t know?