Medicine has come a long way, and people diagnosed with HIV are now living much longer lives.
While breakthroughs in the treatment of HIV/AIDS are victories, HIV continues to plague Americans. The CDC estimates:
As of 2011, approximately 16% of the estimated 1.2 million persons with HIV infection in the United States are unaware of their infection.
HIV screening is a personal choice. Routine screenings are highly recommended for anyone who is sexualy active. HIV can be treated, especially if caught at an early stage. But, first you have to know you have it. Having HIV may put you at risk for other STDs.
Who should get tested for HIV?
A blood sample is needed to screen for HIV.
The CDC recommends:
- All adults and adolescents from ages 13 to 64 should be tested at least once for HIV.
- All pregnant women starting early in pregnancy, with repeat testing as needed
- Sexually active gay and bisexual men (screening should be every 3 to 6 months).
- Anyone who has unsafe sex or shares injection drug equipment should get tested for HIV at least once a year.
Even if you’ve been tested in the past, people should be screened again for HIV if they tested positive for a different STD.
Test Smartly Labs can help if you need tested for HIV or any other STD.