HIV Testing: Should I Get Tested?
Our trained testing team recommends that if you have had multiple casual sex partners in the course of a few months, you should get tested every three months. Most sexually active people should get tested every six months. People in monogamous relationships may use their own discretion, but we recommend testing once per year. Not sure how often you should be tested for HIV? Please call our testing desk at 317-632-0123 or talk to your health care provider.
According to the CDC, the following behaviors increase your chances of getting HIV. If you answer yes to any of these questions, you should be tested for HIV.
- Have you injected drugs or steroids or shared equipment (such as needles, syringes, works) with others?
- Have you had unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex with men who have sex with men, multiple partners, or anonymous partners?
- Have you exchanged sex for drugs or money?
- Have you been diagnosed with or treated for hepatitis, tuberculosis (TB), or a sexually transmitted infection (STI), like syphilis?
- Have you had unprotected sex with someone who could answer yes to any of the above questions?
- If you have had sex with someone whose history of sex partners and/or drug use is unknown to you or if you or your partner has had many sex partners, then you have more of a chance of being infected with HIV. Both you and your new partner should get tested for HIV, and learn the results, before having sex for the first time.
For women who plan to become pregnant, testing is even more important. If a woman is HIV+, medical care and certain drugs given during pregnancy can lower the chance of passing HIV to her baby. All women who are pregnant should be tested during each pregnancy.