People diagnosed with HIV are now living long lives – some with “untraceable” viruses thanks to modern medicine.
While breakthroughs in the treatment of HIV/AIDS have been twentieth century victories, HIV continues to be a common STD among 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 having sex. HIV can not only be treated, especially if caught at an early stage, but knowing if you carry the HIV virus is also important to your overall health.
Having HIV may put you at risk for other STDs.
Who should get tested for HIV?
To screen for HIV, we use a blood test.
Here’s what the CDC recommends for HIV screening:
- 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 shoudl 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.
Also, even if a recent HIV test was performed, 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.