Should I get tested for HIV?

The only way to know your HIV status is by getting tested. Take the Test, Take Control.

Yes! The CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. A general rule for those with risk factors is to get tested annually.

You should get tested at least once a year if:

  • You’re a sexually active gay or bisexual man.
  • You’ve had sex with an HIV-positive partner.
  • You’ve had more than one partner since your last HIV test.
  • You’ve shared needles or works to inject drugs.
  • You’ve exchanged sex for drugs or money.
  • You have another sexually transmitted disease, hepatitis, or tuberculosis.
  • You’ve had sex with anyone who has done anything listed above or with someone whose sexual history you don’t know.

Additionally, sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from getting an HIV test more often, perhaps every 3 to 6 months.