10 Dec How Often Should I Get Tested for HIV?
Have you ever wondered, “How often should I get tested for HIV?” You don’t need to wonder – Get Tested Coachella Valley has the answer for you!
Everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 should get tested for HIV at least once in their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control. This applies to everyone, regardless of your gender, sexuality, race, etc.
Why should everyone get tested? The CDC estimates that 1 in 8 people who are living with HIV don’t know it – but the sooner you know, the sooner you can get onto life-saving medications that will help you manage the virus and prevent spreading it to others.
Some people should get tested for HIV more often. Behaviors that could increase your risk of getting HIV include having multiple partners, not knowing a partner’s sexual history, and injecting drugs or sharing needles. If you’re at higher risk for acquiring HIV, the CDC recommends getting an HIV test once a year (and in some cases, every 3 – 6 months).
It’s easy to get tested for HIV, too. Just find an HIV testing site near you, and walk in for your free and confidential HIV test. You can also ask your doctor for a routine test. By getting tested, you’re doing your part to end the HIV epidemic!
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