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HIV testing options

KNOW your status

The CDC estimates that 1 in 7 people in the United States who have HIV don’t know they have it. Getting tested is the only way to KNOW if you have HIV. With results from a blood test, you have the power to do what’s best for your health and protect the people you care about.

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Many people with HIV live long, fulfilling lives. With proper management, some rarely experience effects of the virus. They visit their doctors for routine check-ups and continued HIV testing. And they take medicine to prevent HIV from turning into AIDS.

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Who should get tested for HIV?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends at least one HIV screening for all people ages 13 to 64.*

An estimated 15% of Americans don’t know they have HIV.
 

See who else should get tested for HIV:

If you’re a man who has sex with men (MSM):

This puts you at higher risk for HIV, and you should get tested at least once per year. KNOWING your status helps you protect yourself and your loved ones.

 

If you have injected drugs:

This also puts you in a high-risk category. You should get tested at least once every year to help protect yourself and the people you love.

 

If you want to start taking PrEP®:

Learn how Quest’s PrEP Panel makes it easier to get on PrEP.

Before you can start pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) measures, you need to confirm your HIV status along with several other tests. You’ll also need to get tested every 3 months while taking it.

 

If you have been or will become sexually active:

It’s a good idea for you to know your status and the status of any new partner before beginning sexual activity. Continue with routine testing during and after each sexual relationship.

 

If you think you’ve been exposed, especially in the last 3 days:

If you’ve been exposed within the last 3 days, immediately ask your doctor about post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) and follow-up testing. If your exposure was more than 3 days ago, it’s still important to get tested as soon as possible.

 

If you’re a woman who is or might be pregnant:

Get tested early on in your pregnancy. If you’re pregnant and have HIV, talk to your doctor about ways to prevent passing it on to your child.

Take action. Get tested.

STEP 1: ASK YOUR DOCTOR

to order an HIV test for you. Request a blood test for more accurate results
than a saliva test.

STEP 2: MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

for testing at a Quest Diagnostics Patient Service Center near you.

STEP 3: GET YOUR RESULTS

Your doctor’s office will provide you with your results. Results are typically available within 7 to 10 business days and can be sent directly to your mobile device or desktop with MyQuest.

 

References
*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HIV Basics - Testing, August 2018