When the first test for HIV became available in 1985, it was known how HIV was spread, but not how to treat it. Thirty years later, there are now three dozen medications to treat HIV. People at high risk for HIV infection can take 1 pill a day to prevent getting HIV. It is called pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP. Daily PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90%. For people who inject drugs, it reduces the risk by more than 70%. Learn about PrEP effectiveness at Virginia > AIDS Let’s talk About PrEP.
Getting an HIV test has never been more important. Most new HIV infections occur among persons who are unaware of their HIV status. Early detection of HIV is crucial for HIV-positive persons to remain in good health. For this reason, the CDC recommends that anyone between the ages of 13 and 64 be tested at least once in their lifetime. CDC recommends those that may be at higher risk get tested more often. A general rule for those with any risk factors is to get tested at least once a year.
Learn about HIV testing options in Virginia. Virginia locations offer both free and low-cost options with results ready in as little as one minute. In recognition of National HIV Testing Day on June 27th, take some time out of your day to get your test for HIV. Feel free to use the testing locator on this page to find a testing location near you. Together, we can all do our part to end the HIV epidemic in Virginia.