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.
Testing for HIV is quick, easy, and confidential. You may even qualify for free testing. If you test regularly, after each time you engage in an act that puts you at risk for infection, you can help keep yourself and your partners safe.
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.
FAQs about HIV Testing
Why should I get tested?
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.
When should I get tested?
What should I expect?
As the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF) is dedicated to supporting and empowering all individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and to be relentless in preventing the spread of infection. PATF is a leader in providing comprehensive support services that improve the health and quality of life for those living with HIV/AIDS in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.
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.
The National HIV/AIDS Strategy is a five-year plan that details principles, priorities, and actions to guide our collective national response to the HIV epidemic.
First released by President Obama on July 13, 2010, the Strategy identified a set of priorities and strategic action steps tied to measurable outcomes for moving the Nation forward in addressing the domestic HIV epidemic.