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When should I test for HIV?

The only way to know your HIV status is for you to get tested for HIV. There is no other way to tell if you are HIV positive or not.

The best way to make sure that you stay healthy is to get tested at least every 6 months. This is especially important if you are sexually active.

Other times to get tested: 

  1. If you have never tested for HIV. A small number of people are born with HIV and never got tested as babies or children. So even if you are not having sex, it’s still a good idea to get tested. You can also get HIV via non-sexual activities. You may come into contact with infected blood or bodily fluids.
  2. When you have a new sexual partner. If you are ready to have sex with a new partner, it’s a good time for both of you to get tested. Even if you plan on using condoms every time, you’ll feel better if you both know your HIV status.
  3. If you find out you are pregnant. It’s important that you get tested as soon as you know you’re pregnant. If you have HIV, you can start treatment. This will keep you from passing HIV to your baby and keep you strong and healthy as well.

It is important to remember that using condoms every time you have sex is the best way to protect yourself from HIV and other STIs.

Check out this video as Veli shares her experience with testing for HIV:

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Find out which healthcare facility closest to you offers HIV testing here.

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