Testing for HIV is the only way to know for sure if you have HIV. Many people do not have any symptoms and can live for many years without knowing they have the virus.
Getting tested for HIV is quick, easy, painless, confidential and almost always free. Test for HIV regularly to keep yourself and your partners healthy. If you know your status you can stop worrying.
You should get tested if you:
- have had unprotected sex
- have recently been diagnosed with another STI
- have shared needles or other injecting equipment
- are worried about HIV and want to put your mind at ease.
Even if you think it’s unlikely that you will have HIV, the quickest way to stop worrying is by taking a test.
If you’re sexually active, it’s good to get into the habit of testing regularly for HIV, even if you regularly use condoms and don’t think you have been at risk.