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.
When you have HIV, it’s important to know what can happen in your body.
It doesn’t just affect your immune system. The virus and the drugs taken to treat it can affect your eyes, heart, kidneys, liver, and brain.
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.