for Veterans and the Public

Should you get tested?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all adults in the United States get tested for HIV infection at least once, regardless of risk factors for HIV infection, and that they be tested repeatedly if there is an ongoing risk of HIV infection.

VA also recommends that all Veterans be tested at least once, even those Veterans who do not think that they have risk factors. That way, people who are infected will be diagnosed early and can get the most benefits from treatment. They also can take steps to avoid spreading the infection to others. For example, a woman who tests positive for HIV during a pregnancy can take medication to help prevent her baby from becoming infected. Or, someone who thought they were HIV negative but finds out they are infected can take steps to avoid infecting sex partners.