The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 13 to 64 years old get tested for HIV at least once. As a general rule, people at high risk for HIV infection should get tested each year. Sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from getting tested more often, such as every 3 to 6 months.
Testing shows that you don’t have HIV. Continue taking steps to avoid getting HIV, such as using condoms during sex and, if you are at high risk of becoming infected, taking medicines to prevent HIV (Pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP). For more information on PrEP click here.
If testing shows that you are infected with HIV, you can still take steps to protect your health. Your health care provider will help you decide what HIV medicines to take.
Rapid HIV tests, which involves a finger prick, can produce results within 30 minutes. If positive, a second test is required to confirm and usually takes a few days to a few weeks to get results.
HOPE Center offers on-site and mobile testing, call us to see when the mobile testing van will be near you.