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What can you do if you test negative for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)?

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Once you know you don’t have HIV, you can still protect yourself. A negative result can remind you how important it is for you or your partner to wear a condom -- especially when you consider that 1 in 8 people with the virus don't know they have HIV. If you're HIV-negative but are afraid you were just exposed to HIV, ask a doctor about post-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP. You can take HIV medicines that can help prevent infection if you start them within 72 hours.

From: HIV Testing: What You Need to Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CATIE: "Detecting HIV earlier: Advances in HIV testing."

CDC: "HIV Testing," "HIV in the United States: At a Glance," "PEP."

AIDS U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "HIV Testing." info,

Aids.gov, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "The Affordable Care Act and HIV/AIDS."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 14, 2018

SOURCES:

CATIE: "Detecting HIV earlier: Advances in HIV testing."

CDC: "HIV Testing," "HIV in the United States: At a Glance," "PEP."

AIDS U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "HIV Testing." info,

Aids.gov, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "The Affordable Care Act and HIV/AIDS."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 14, 2018

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