Testing for HIV
Do you think you might have HIV? Are you afraid of finding out whether or not you have HIV?
Taking an HIV test can be a nerve-racking experience, but it's very important to go through it. Knowing your HIV status will help you to make the right decisions for your life.
Take the test, take control
In the United States, 1 in 5 people infected are unaware of their HIV positive status.*
If you are HIV positive, finding out early and taking appropriate actions can help save your life and those of others.
You can't tell by looking
There is no way of knowing whether or not you have HIV without taking a test. Just because someone looks and feels healthy does not mean that he or she is HIV-negative. It can take years before someone who is HIV-positive shows the signs of infection. Get tested with your partner and be sure.
Where to get tested
To find an HIV testing event nearest you, enter your zipcode at the bottom right of this page, or visit www.hivtest.org
. HIV tests are available at many doctors' offices, hospitals and health clinics. We highly recommend going to a testing center that offers HIV counseling in addition to the actual test.
Can I test myself from home?
Currently, there is only one HIV home test kit approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is called the "HIV-1 Test System" and is made by Home Access Health Corporation. Beware of unapproved HIV home testing systems that are marketed on the Internet, in newspapers and in magazines. For more information about FDA-approved HIV testing, call 1-800-835-4709 or visit the FDA website.
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* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention