For the location of HIV testing sites in your area, click one of the links below. You do not have to be tested at the location nearest to your home. Some testing centers offer anonymous testing. Other places have confidential testing.
If you can answer yes to either of these questions, you are at risk for HIV, and may want to be tested:
Before the test, a counselor may talk with you. He or she will explain the test, and what you can do to keep yourself healthy. A health worker will take a little blood from your arm, use a cotton swab to rub some cells from the inside of your mouth, or ask for a urine sample. The sample will be sent to a lab. Results can take about two weeks. You will return to the test site to get your results.
A negative test result means either you don't have HIV, or you have HIV, but it's too soon for the test to show it.
(If you had unsafe sex or shared needles in the three to six months before your test, it may be too soon to get an accurate result. You need to be tested again.)
A negative test does not mean you can't get HIV in the future. You can get HIV anytime you have unsafe sex or share needles for any reason.
A positive test result means you have HIV. If your test is positive, two things are very important:
See a health care provider right away. Early treatment can help you stay healthy longer.
Find support. Friends, family, and/or an AIDS/HIV support group will help you live healthy with HIV.