Know Your Status.
The only way to know if you have HIV is to be tested. You can be symptom free for years without knowing you have the virus. This is why testing is so important.
Testing for HIV is quick, easy, and confidential. You may even qualify for free testing. If you test regularly, after each time you engage in an act that puts you at risk for infection, you can help keep yourself and your partners safe.
Adagio Health understands that getting tested for HIV/AIDS is a stressful situation. We ensure that your information and results are kept confidential. Our practitioners will notify you of your results privately and are prepared to respond to any questions or concerns that you may have.
FAQs about HIV Testing
Why should I get tested?
You should get tested if you have ever:
- Had unprotected oral, vaginal, or anal sex with a partner who’s HIV status is positive or unknown.
- Have had multiple sexual partners.
- Shared needles for IV drug use.
- Shared needles for piercings or tattooing or used needles that were not sterilized.
- Engaged in any other behaviors that you feel may have put you at risk for exposure.
When should I get tested?
The CDC recommends everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. About 1 in 8 people in the United States who have HIV don’t know they have it.
You should have an HIV test during a medical check-up—just like you have a blood test or a urine test to be sure you are healthy.
People with certain risk factors should get tested more often. If you were HIV-negative the last time you were tested and answer yes to any of the following questions, you should get an HIV test because these things increase your chances of getting HIV:
- Are you a man who has had sex with another man?
- Have you had sex, either anal or vaginal, with an HIV-positive partner?
- Have you had more than one sex partner since your last HIV test?
- Have you injected drugs and shared needles or works (i.e. water or cotton) with others?
- Have you been diagnosed with or sought treatment for another STI?
- Have you been diagnosed with or treated for hepatitis or tuberculosis (TB)?
- Have you had sex with someone who could answer yes to any of the above questions or a partner whose sexual history you don’t know?
For more information, please visit: https://www.aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/prevention/hiv-testing/hiv-testing-frequency/
What should I expect?
HIV is generally diagnosed by a blood test or a cell sample taken by swabbing the inside of your check for the presence of the antibodies to the virus.
It can take 3 to 12 weeks after someone is infected for HIV antibodies to be detectable, so it’s important to get tested often if you’re at risk.
If given a positive result, follow-up testing will be required to establish an HIV diagnosis. If you test positive on both the initial and follow-up tests, it means you are HIV-positive. Normally, it takes a few days to a few weeks to get results of an HIV test, though some rapid HIV tests can give results within about 20 minutes.
For more information about what to expect, please see: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/hiv-testing/details/what-you-can-expect/rec-20306002
As the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF) is dedicated to supporting and empowering all individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and to be relentless in preventing the spread of infection. PATF is a leader in providing comprehensive support services that improve the health and quality of life for those living with HIV/AIDS in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.
As a part of its overall public health mission, CDC provides leadership in helping control the HIV/AIDS epidemic by working with community, state, national, and international partners in surveillance, research, and prevention and evaluation activities. These activities are critically important because CDC estimates that about 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV, and that 12.8% of these persons do not know they are infected.
In addition, the number of people living with AIDS is increasing, as effective new drug therapies keep HIV-infected persons healthy longer and dramatically reduce the death rate. CDC’s programs work to improve treatment, care, and support for persons living with HIV/AIDS and to build capacity and infrastructure to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States and around the world.
The National HIV/AIDS Strategy is a five-year plan that details principles, priorities, and actions to guide our collective national response to the HIV epidemic.
First released by President Obama on July 13, 2010, the Strategy identified a set of priorities and strategic action steps tied to measurable outcomes for moving the Nation forward in addressing the domestic HIV epidemic.