How can I learn about my HIV status? How often should I be tested?
Know your HIV status
The Wisconsin Health Department recommends that anyone who fits the below criteria get an HIV test.
Had unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex with men who have sex with men, multiple partners, or anonymous partners
Injected drugs or steroids or shared equipment (such as needles, syringes, cookers, filters, works) with others
Exchanged sex for drugs or money
Ever tested positive for hepatitis, tuberculosis (TB), syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, or herpes
Had unprotected sex with someone who could answer yes to any of the above statements
Are pregnant or plan to be pregnant.
HIV testing has become readily available and can often tell you your HIV status results on the same day you are tested. You can request a test for HIV (as well as other sexually transmitted diseases) during a visit to a doctor's office, or in many areas, there are clinics set up at which you can get tested for HIV for free or at reduced cost.
There are many other places to get tested such as medical clinics, substance abuse treatment programs, community health centers, hospitals, Title X Family Planning Clinics, some pharmacies, as well as many community-based organizations, AIDS service organizations, and even mobile testing vans. We have listed a few sources in the Madison, WI community below.
One of the easiest ways to find a convenient HIV testing site is to use the HIV Testing and Care Services Locator. Click on the link below and type in your zip code or accept the website to use your computer's location.
Resources for Madison, WI and Dane County:
Good HIV Testing Sites Locators:
You can also call 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) to ask for free testing sites in your area.