When should I get tested for HIV?

The only way to know if you are HIV positive is for you to take an HIV test. There is no other way to tell if you are HIV positive or not.

It is best if you get tested at least every 6 months for HIV and STIs as long as you are having sex. 

Here are some other times it’s a good idea to get tested: 

  1. If you have never tested. Even if you are not having sex, a small number of people are born with HIV and never got tested as babies or children, so it’s still a good idea to get tested, just to be sure.
  2. When you have a new sexual partner. If you are ready to have sex with a new partner, it’s a good time for you both to get tested. You can do it separately if you like, but think about making it something you do together, as a way of showing that you care about each other and want to keep each other safe and healthy. Even if you plan on using condoms every time, you’ll feel better if you both know your HIV status.
  3. If you find out you are pregnant. It’s important that you get tested as soon as you know you’re pregnant. If you have HIV, you can start treatment, which will keep you from passing HIV to your baby and keep you strong and healthy as well. 

Deciding to get tested is always a great idea. It helps you take charge of your health and your future. And remember, whether you have HIV or not, you have options for keeping yourself healthy.

Trying to decide if you should go for an HIV test? Do this questionnaire to help you decide!

Find out more about PrEP as an HIV prevention method here

Find out which healthcare facility closest to you offers HIV testing here

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