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Getting tested for
HIV can be scary, but the condition is treatable. So
it is important to get tested if you think you have been exposed. Early
detection and monitoring of HIV will help your doctor find out whether the
disease is getting worse and when to start treatment.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone
should get tested for HIV as part of their regular medical care. Also, the
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
recommends screening tests for HIV:footnote 1
You and your doctor can decide if testing is right for
You can get HIV testing in most doctors' offices, public
health clinics, hospitals, and Planned Parenthood clinics. You can also buy a
home HIV test kit in a drugstore or by mail order. But be very careful to
choose only a test that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA). If a home test is positive, see a doctor to have the
result confirmed and to find out what to do next.
information, see the topic HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) Infection.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (2013). Screening for HIV: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
recommendation statement. Available online: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspshivi.htm.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerPeter Shalit, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine
Current as ofMay 24, 2016
Current as of:
May 24, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Peter Shalit, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine
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