Getting tested for
HIV can be scary, but the condition is treatable. So
it is important to get tested if you think you have been exposed. Early
detection and monitoring of HIV will help your doctor find out whether the
disease is getting worse and when to start treatment.
A variety of HIV risk factors can increase your chances of becoming infected with a virus called HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). This infection can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), which makes it more difficult for your body to fight off infection and disease. Some risk factors increase your HIV risk more than others. You can't entirely eliminate risk, but you can do many things to lower your risk and protect yourself.
As part of regular medical care for people 15 to 65 years old.
For all pregnant women.
For people younger than 15 and older than 65 if they have a high risk for HIV, such as for people who engage in
You and your doctor can decide if testing is right for
You can get HIV testing in most doctors' offices, public
health clinics, hospitals, and Planned Parenthood clinics. You can also buy a
home HIV test kit in a drugstore or by mail order. But be very careful to
choose only a test that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA). If a home test is positive, see a doctor to have the
result confirmed and to find out what to do next.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
.gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 16, 2013
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