At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
Most often as part of a combination HIV antibody/antigen test, to screen for infection with Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); less commonly, as an individual test to screen for HIV after a recent exposure
When to Get Tested?
As part of a combination test, at least once if you are age 13-64 years; annually if you are at increased risk for HIV; as an individual test, soon after you think you have been exposed to HIV
A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm or by a fingerstick
Test Preparation Needed?