Who should be tested for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)?

Anyone over the age of 18 years old or sexually active should be screened at least once in their lifetime. However, there are other, more specific groups that should be screened more frequently, which include IV drug use, high-risk/multiple sexual partners, and those that participate in anal sex.

In general, testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can help you catch dangerous diseases early (both for treatment and to prevent their spread), and everyone should be tested at least once between the ages of 13 and 64 for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), syphilis and hepatitis. You should also be tested for these if you ever test positive for another STD, such as gonorrhea or chlamydia, because those put you at greater risk. It's also smart to get tested for HIV, syphilis and hepatitis if you've had more than one sexual partner since your last test or have used intravenous drugs.

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