The only way to know if you have HIV is to be tested. While it’s recommended that everyone be tested at least once in their life. However, if you are at risk, testing at frequent intervals is recommended.
Risk factors of HIV:
- Having unprotected sex with a partner whose HIV status you do not know, or are unsure of
- Having more than one sexual partner
- Received blood or blood products before 1985
- Used Intravenous drugs or shared needles with others
- Had sex with someone who shoots drugs and shares needles with others
- Shared needles for tattooing or body piercing
- Are sexually active
- Have a new partner
Assess your own personal risk for HIV by following this link to access the CDC’s “HIV Risk Reduction Tool”. You can adjust and vary the factors so that they’re specific to your own personal behaviors and circumstances.