HIV Testing
& Treatment

Know Your Status.

The only way to know if you have HIV is to be tested. You can be symptom free for years without knowing you have the virus. This is why testing is so important.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that all person aged 13-64 get tested at least once for HIV so you know your status – even if you are not at risk.

Testing for HIV is quick, easy, and confidential. You may even qualify for free testing. Adagio Health understands that getting tested for HIV/AIDS is a stressful situation. We ensure that your information and results are kept confidential. Our practitioners will notify you of your results privately and are prepared to respond to any questions or concerns that you may have.  HIV testing might involve a blood draw or perhaps a mouth swab, depending on where you receive your testing.

Find a testing location near you.

FAQs about HIV Testing

You should get tested if you have ever:
  • Had unprotected oral, vaginal, or anal sex with a partner who’s HIV status is positive or unknown.
  • Have had multiple sexual partners.
  • Shared needles for IV drug use.
  • Shared needles for piercings or tattooing or used needles that were not sterilized.
  • Engaged in any other behaviors that you feel may have put you at risk for exposure.
The CDC recommends everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. About 1 in 8 people in the United States who have HIV don’t know they have it.

You should have an HIV test during a medical check-up—just like you have a blood test or a urine test to be sure you are healthy.

People with certain risk factors should get tested more often. If you were HIV-negative the last time you were tested and answer yes to any of the following questions, you should get an HIV test because these things increase your chances of getting HIV:
  • Are you a man who has had sex with another man?
  • Have you had sex, either anal or vaginal, with an HIV-positive partner?
  • Have you had more than one sex partner since your last HIV test?
  • Have you injected drugs and shared needles or works (i.e. water or cotton) with others?
  • Have you been diagnosed with or sought treatment for another STI?
  • Have you been diagnosed with or treated for hepatitis or tuberculosis (TB)?
  • Have you had sex with someone who could answer yes to any of the above questions or a partner whose sexual history you don’t know?

For more information, please visit: https://www.aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/prevention/hiv-testing/hiv-testing-frequency/
HIV is generally diagnosed by a blood test or a cell sample taken by swabbing the inside of your check for the presence of the antibodies to the virus.

It can take 3 to 12 weeks after someone is infected for HIV antibodies to be detectable, so it’s important to get tested often if you’re at risk.

If given a positive result, follow-up testing will be required to establish an HIV diagnosis. If you test positive on both the initial and follow-up tests, it means you are HIV-positive. Normally, it takes a few days to a few weeks to get results of an HIV test, though some rapid HIV tests can give results within about 20 minutes.

For more information about what to expect, please see: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/hiv-testing/details/what-you-can-expect/rec-20306002

Additional Resources

Allies for Health + Wellbeing  (formerly the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force)
As the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Allies for Health + Wellbeing is dedicated to supporting and empowering all individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and to be relentless in preventing the spread of infection. Allies is a leader in providing comprehensive support services that improve the health and quality of life for those living with HIV/AIDS in southwestern Pennsylvania.  For information about testing and locations, please visit: http://www.patf.org/get-tested/hours-locations

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention
As a part of its overall public health mission, CDC provides leadership in helping control the HIV/AIDS epidemic by working with community, state, national, and international partners in surveillance, research, and prevention and evaluation activities. These activities are critically important because CDC estimates that about 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV, and that 12.8% of these persons do not know they are infected.

In addition, the number of people living with AIDS is increasing, as effective new drug therapies keep HIV-infected persons healthy longer and dramatically reduce the death rate. CDC’s programs work to improve treatment, care, and support for persons living with HIV/AIDS and to build capacity and infrastructure to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States and around the world.
For information, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/.