Screening for AIDS

The purpose of screening is to find and treat diseases early. They are given to people who may be at high risk, but who don’t have problems.

Screening Guidelines

Those who are getting tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) should also get tested for HIV.

Others who should be tested:

  • All pregnant women.
  • People who work in healthcare settings and correctional facilities
  • Men who have sex with other men—Testing once a year for HIV and other STIs
  • Anyone who is at a high risk for getting HIV. This may be:
    • People who have many sex partners
    • People who engage in certain behaviors during sex
    • IV drug users

All people should be tested if they want to.



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Testing. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: Updated July 6, 2016. Accessed September 17, 2018.
Overview of HIV infection. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: Updated July 31, 2018. Accessed September 17, 2018.
Last reviewed September 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board David L. Horn, MD, FACP
Last Updated: 12/9/2020

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