At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
To determine if you are infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
When to Get Tested?
When you think you may have been exposed to the virus; once a year if you are at risk of being exposed to the virus; when you doctor thinks your symptoms may be due to HIV; before becoming pregnant or during pregnancy
A blood sample collected from a vein in your arm or from a fingerprick; some tests can also be performed on urine or saliva (spit)
Test Preparation Needed?