HIV Screening: The Only Way to Know Your Status
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports there are over 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States, and 1 in 8 people living with the infection is unaware they have it.
While some groups are more at risk for infection than others, the CDC recommends HIV testing as part of routine checkups for everyone ages 13 to 64.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly half of the people who are not aware that they are infected with HIV are teenagers and young adults.
Getting tested is simple, and early detection can help those infected by HIV live a fuller, healthier life. There are several different types of tests available to screen for HIV. This list includes types of screenings for antibodies, antibodies and antigens, as well as the rapid test that takes only 30 minutes for results.
The website Aids.gov features an online tool that lets users easily search for screening centers and other resources for HIV/AIDS services by zip code.
Concerned about the cost of an HIV screening? Most health insurance plans cover the cost of the screening with no co-pay or deductible when provided by an in-network provider. Learn more about preventive care benefits under the Affordable Care Act here or talk to your insurance provider.
Remember, don’t be afraid to ask your doctor or health care provider about an HIV screening. Getting tested is the only way to know.
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