World AIDS Day is a global initiative to raise awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education about HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), the virus that causes AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). World AIDS Day is December 1.
Around the world, about 35 million people are living with HIV. In the United States, about 50,000 people get infected with HIV every year.
It’s important that everyone ages 15 to 65 gets tested for HIV at least once. Some people may need to get tested more often. In the United States, about one in five people who have HIV don’t know it.
How often you need to get tested depends on your risk for HIV infection. Talk to your doctor or nurse about your risk for HIV. Get tested for HIV at least once a year if you:
Have sex without a condom with someone who may have HIV
Have sex with men who have sex with men. If you are a man who has sex with men, you may need to get tested more often, like every three to six months
Use drugs with needles
Have a sex partner who has HIV
Have had a sexually transmitted disease (STD)
Have sex with more than one partner
Have sex with people you don’t know
Have sex for drugs or money
Testing can be done by your primary care provider or at any of our local Federally Qualified Health Centers: