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Get Tested for HIV

It’s important to get tested for HIV if you are at high risk of infection. Many doctors recommend that all teens and adults get tested.

Review Date: March 04, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HIV Testing: Questions for the Doctor

These questions can help you start a conversation with your doctor about getting tested for HIV.

Review Date: March 27, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

STD Testing: Conversation Starters

Use these tips to start a conversation with your partner about getting tested for STDs (sexually transmitted diseases).

Review Date: December 21, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Find a HIV Testing Site Near You

Find answers to many questions about HIV and STD testing. Locate a testing site near you.

Review Date: November 02, 2012

CDC National Prevention Information Network

World AIDS Day Toolkit

Find information and ideas on how countries and communities can take a stand against HIV/AIDS on December 1 and throughout the year.

Review Date: March 08, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HIV/AIDS Hotlines and Other Resources

Find community-based organizations, medical services, government and other organizations in your state that provide a range of services for people with HIV/AIDS, including referrals to local services in your area.

Review Date: February 06, 2013

Project Inform

AIDS.gov: Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions and answers that people commonly ask about HIV/AIDS. Learn the basic facts that will help you stay healthy.

Review Date: February 08, 2013

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Frequently Asked Questions About HIV and STD Testing

If you think you may have been infected with HIV and are unsure about getting a test to find out, the following information about HIV testing and counseling may help you decide. If you decide that an HIV test is the right decision, you can locate a testing site near you.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

CDC National Prevention Information Network

First Home-Use HIV Kit Approved for Self-Testing

On July 3, 2012, the FDA approved the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test, a home-use HIV test kit that does not require sending a sample to a laboratory for analysis. The kit, which tests a sample of fluid from the mouth, is approved for sale in stores and online to anyone age 17 and older.

Review Date: July 05, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Act Against AIDS: HIV/AIDS Basics

Every 9½ minutes, someone in the United States is infected with the HIV virus. Get the facts on how to prevent HIV, delay the onset of AIDS, and be part of the solution.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

AIDS.gov Podcast Gallery

View podcasts on topics impacting the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS, including basic HIV information, new media, programs and policies, awareness days, and real stories.

Review Date: February 06, 2013

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

AIDSinfo Glossary

The AIDSinfo Glossary is a comprehensive resource designed to help health professionals and people living with HIV/AIDS and their families to understand the complex web of HIV/AIDS terminology.

Review Date: October 29, 2014

AIDSinfo

Basic Information about HIV and AIDS

Learn the basics about HIV and AIDS, where HIV came from, how it is spread, and what you can do to prevent HIV.

Review Date: March 26, 2013

National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC Vitalsigns: HIV Testing in the US

An estimated 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the US and as many as 1 in 5 don’t know they are infected. Ask your doctor for an HIV test and find out your status.

Review Date: February 19, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Common Myths and Misunderstandings About HIV/AIDS

There are many myths about HIV /AIDS. Most of these myths are based on incorrect information or lack of knowledge about HIV/AIDS—and some are related to the stigma that is often attached to HIV. Read these facts to learn the truth about HIV/AIDS.

Review Date: January 25, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Doctor, Clinic and Dental Visits (Aids.gov)

Living with HIV/AIDS could mean that you will have to keep track of many appointments with different healthcare providers, including dentists, nurses, case managers, counselors, and others. These tips may help you prepare better for your visits to your healthcare provider or clinic.

Review Date: January 25, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Drugs, Alcohol and HIV/AIDS: A Consumer Guide for African Americans- (PDF)

Drug and alcohol use can lead to risky behaviors that can increase your exposure to HIV/AIDS. This brochure for African Americans discusses the issue of substance abuse and HIV.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Encephalitis: Mayo Clinic

Encephalitis refers to brain inflammation resulting from a viral infection. Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of encephalitis, and review these prevention tips.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Fever

This chart can give you a general idea about your fever. However, always remember to consult your family doctor with questions about your individual condition(s) and/or circumstances.

Review Date: December 08, 2012

American Academy of Family Physicians

Find Ryan White HIV/AIDS Medical Care Providers

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program can help people living with HIV/AIDS access the medical care they need but can’t afford. Search for medical care providers in your area.

Review Date: February 08, 2013

HIV/AIDS Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration

First Steps to Treatment

This document briefly describes the tests your medical provider may order if you have been diagnosed with HIV.

Review Date: May 22, 2014

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Healthy Roads Media: Listing of All Topics (Videos)

Find short videos on topics ranging from abuse to tuberculosis. Many are available in multiple languages including Spanish, French, Korean, Russian, Tagalog, Somali and Vietnamese.

Review Date: October 29, 2012

Healthy Roads Media

Herbs, Recreational Drugs, and HIV Meds- (PDF)

Using HIV medicines with herbal products, supplements and recreational drugs can sometimes cause serious interactions. When taking HIV medicines, it’s wise to understand this issue to help you better manage your health.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

Project Inform

HIV and Its Treatment: What You Should Know - (PDF)

Find an overview of HIV infection and treatment beneficial for individuals recently diagnosed with HIV infection or who are considering starting HIV treatment. Includes information on testing, medications, treatment adherence, and prevention.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

AIDSinfo

HIV and Pregnancy - (PDF)

A woman who is HIV-infected and pregnant or has recently given birth will find steps to take to preserve health and prevent transmission of HIV to her baby.

Review Date: October 14, 2014

AIDSinfo

HIV Prevention

Find answers to common questions about HIV infection prevention, transmission and treatment.

Review Date: October 07, 2014

National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Risk Calculator

Use the HIV Risk Quiz to determine whether you should take an HIV test.

Review Date: February 06, 2013

Educational Institution--Follow the Resource URL for More Information

HIV Test Types

This fact sheet describes three different types of tests for HIV: antibody, antigen and PCR tests. These tests require blood, saliva and/or urine samples. Results generally are available within two to three weeks following testing.

Review Date: January 25, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HIV Testing and Pregnancy- (PDF)

Learn why it’s important to get tested for HIV when you are pregnant.

Review Date: February 23, 2012

AIDSinfo

HIV Testing Basics for Consumers

This page presents frequently asked questions about HIV testing. Learn about the different tests, and if and when you should be tested.

Review Date: April 18, 2014

National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV, AIDS, and Older People

Anyone at any age can get HIV/AIDS. Learn why a growing number of older people now have HIV/AIDS and what you can do to lower your risk.

Review Date: February 06, 2013

NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

HIV/AIDS and the Flu

Find questions and answers about both flu shots and antiviral medications recommended for people with HIV/AIDS.

Review Date: February 08, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HIV/AIDS and Women

About 25 percent of people living with HIV infection in the United States are women. It can be hard for women to prevent HIV or to take care of themselves if they have it. Learn more about the special risk factors for women.

Review Date: January 25, 2012

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HIV/AIDS Prevention and Service Provider Locator (Widget)

This locator is a one-stop search tool for consumers looking for HIV/AIDS service providers. Instructions for adding this widget to your Web site are provided.

Review Date: February 06, 2013

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

How Does Disclosure Affect HIV Prevention?- (PDF)

Disclosure of HIV+ status is a complex, difficult and very personal matter. Disclosure generally becomes easier the longer someone has been living with HIV, as he/she becomes more comfortable with an HIV+ status.

Review Date: January 06, 2012

Center for AIDS Prevention Studies

Search for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Clinical Trials

Although HIV/AIDS vaccines are not yet approved for public use, people may participate in clinical trial studies. Search for clinical trials for preventive vaccines (for HIV-negative individuals) and therapeutic vaccines (for HIV-positive individuals).

Review Date: November 02, 2012

AIDSinfo

Sexual Health: Talk to Your Healthcare Providers

Healthcare providers are key partners in helping you maintain a healthy and safe sex life. They can provide advice on protecting yourself from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), screen you for current infections, treat other issues such as erectile dysfunction, monitor your viral load, and more.

Review Date: January 25, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Teens and HIV/AIDS

Hundreds of U.S. teens become infected with HIV each year. This article explains the diagnosis, testing, treatment and prevention of HIV. While combinations of antiviral drugs have allowed many people with HIV to resist infections and prolong their lives, there is no cure yet for the disease.

Review Date: January 25, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

The Evolution of HIV Testing (Podcast)

This podcast reports that too many people have never been tested for HIV. The only way to find out if you have it is to have an HIV test.

Review Date: February 08, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Tips For Teens: The Truth About HIV/AIDS- (PDF)

This brochures provides facts and dispels myths about HIV/AIDS. Causes of AIDS and HIV transmission are reviewed, with a focus on adolescents.

Review Date: February 15, 2013

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Tips for Using Condoms and Dental Dams

Find quick tips for using condoms and dental dams safely and effectively.

Review Date: January 25, 2012

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Asian and Pacific Islander (A&PI) HIV/AIDS, Health, and Social Services Directory

Search for HIV/AIDS, health, and social service organizations in the U.S. and the six Pacific jurisdictions that provide services to Asian and Pacific Islanders.

Review Date: December 31, 2012

Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center

What Is HIV/AIDS?

This fact sheet explains the definitions and differences between HIV and AIDS.

Review Date: January 25, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services