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The Basics

It's important for everyone to get tested for HIV. It's especially important if you are at high risk of infection. Get tested for HIV if you have:

  • Had unprotected sex (sex without a condom).
  • Had sex with men who have sex with men.
  • Used drugs with needles.
  • Had a sex partner who is HIV-positive.
  • Or if you’ve had a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

Many doctors recommend HIV testing for all teens and adults between the ages of 13 and 64. Your doctor may suggest getting tested even if you don’t ask about it.

If you’re at high risk for HIV, you may need to get tested more often—at least once a year.

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