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At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
To determine if you are infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
When to Get Tested?
At least once, when you are 13 to 64 years old; when you think you may have been exposed to the virus; before becoming pregnant or when pregnant; once a year if you are at increased risk of being exposed to the virus
A blood sample collected from a vein in your arm or from a fingerstick; there are also HIV antibody tests available that can be performed on oral fluid.
Test Preparation Needed?