You can’t rely on symptoms to know whether you have HIV. You can look and
feel perfectly healthy and still have HIV. The only way to know is to get tested.
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Should I get Tested for HIV?
CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 be tested for HIV at least once as part of their routine health care.
Get Tested More Often If You Are at Higher Risk for HIV.
If you were HIV-negative the last time you were tested, the test was more than one year ago, and you can answer yes to any of the following questions, then you should get an HIV test as soon as possible:
- Are you a man who has had sex with another man?
- Have you had sex—anal or vaginal—with a partner who has HIV?
- Have you had more than one sex partner since your last HIV test?
- Have you injected drugs (including steroids, hormones, or silicone) and shared equipment (or works, such as needles and syringes) with others?
- Have you exchanged sex for drugs or money?
- Have you been diagnosed with or treated with a sexually transmitted disease, like syphilis?
- Have you been diagnosed with or treated with hepatitis or tuberculosis (TB)?
- Have you had sex with someone who could answer yes to any of the above questions or someone whose history you don’t know?
A general rule for those with risk factors is to get tested annually. Sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from more frequent testing (e.g., every 3 to 6 months).
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