The only way to know if you have HIV is to get an HIV test. Here's how the screening works, and what to expect if you get an HIV diagnosis.
Several types of tests can check your blood or body fluids to see if you're infected with HIV.
Everyone ages 13 to 64 years should be tested for HIV at least once, according to the CDC. All pregnant women should be tested as early in their pregnancy as possible.
Learning you are HIV-positive may leave you reeling. Where should you turn for help? Who should you tell? What should you do first? Here is some guidance to help you through this difficult time.
Doctors recommend all pregnant women get tested for HIV. It is crucial to know your status so you can take medications to prevent the spread of the virus to your baby if necessary.
Your viral load gives you an idea of how much of the HIV virus is in your body. The test measures the number of HIV copies in a milliliter of blood.
The CD4 count is a test that measures how strong your immune system is. Find out how it helps your doctor make HIV and AIDS treatment decisions.