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Importance of HIV Testing

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Around 50,000 people get infected with HIV in the United States every year.  The only way to know for sure if you have HIV is to get tested. You could have HIV and still feel healthy. Everyone ages 15 to 65 needs to get tested for HIV at least once. All pregnant women also need to get tested. 

It's especially important to get tested regularly if you are at high risk of infection. Get 
tested for HIV at least once a year if you: 
  • Have unprotected sex (sex without a condom) with someone who might have HIV
  • Have sex with men who have sex with men
  • Use drugs with needles
  • Have a sex partner who is HIV-positive (has HIV)
  • Have had a sexually transmitted disease (STD)
For more information, call or visit your local Rutherford-Polk-McDowell District Health Department Office. To find an HIV testing location near you, text your zip code to KNOWIT (566948) or use this online locator (http://locator.aids.gov). 




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