Should I Get Tested for HIV?

November 7th, 2009 by admin

If you are sexually active – that is a good question.  The answer depends on what type of risk behaviors you or your partner(s) may have engaged in.  After you consider and evaluate some of the behaviors listed below – you may want to get tested together.


The best course of action is to try and reduce your risk of even getting HIV.  Abstaining from sex is the most effective way to avoid the disease.  The other way to avoid it is to have a monogamous relationship with one person who is uninfected and only has sexual relations with you.

 If you are not sure that both you and your partner are HIV negative, use a latex condom to help protect both you and your partner from HIV and other STDs.  Consistently using latex condoms has shown to be very effective in preventing transmission of HIV (although not 100%)  if also used correctly.  If you or your partner is allergic to latex you can use a polyurethane plastic condom for either the female or the male to maintain protection.

The following are some behaviors that will increase your chances of getting HIV. If you can answer yes to any of them, you should definitely get an HIV test. If you choose to continue with any of these behaviors, you should also be tested every year.  You can discuss a testing schedule with your doctor or health care provider.

  • Have you injected drugs or steroids or shared equipment (such as needles, syringes, works) with others?
  • Have you had unprotected vaginal, oral or anal 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 disease (STD), 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.




Home Testing Kits:

Consumer-controlled test kits (popularly known as “home testing kits”) were first licensed in 1997. Only the Home Access HIV-1 Test is approved by the Food and Drug Administration. (The accuracy of other home test kits cannot be verified).  The Express HIV Testing Kit is a great choice for those wanting results now. The Express kit is very similar to the Standard Test Kit, (also available thru this link) except that results are available in 3 business days. Our kits are easy to use and come with detailed instructions with illustrations that explain the process from pre-test registration through calling in for your results. A great thing about our HIV testing kits is that we have professionally trained counselors available to assist you through what could be a trying time in your life.


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