Positive Vibes


Getting tested for HIV should be part of your regular health check-up, and as a general rule, if you are sexually active it is recommended that you get tested at least once a year.

People at higher risk for HIV should get tested more often, every 6 months. Sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from getting tested every 3 months. 

Factors that increase the risk of HIV include

  • Having vaginal or anal sex with someone who is HIV-positive with a detectable viral load
  • Having vaginal or anal sex with someone who does not know their HIV status
  • Injecting drugs and sharing needles with others
  • Exchanging sex for money or drugs
  • Having an STI
Talk to your healthcare provider about your risk for HIV and how often you should get tested for HIV.

Pregnant women

All pregnant women should get tested for HIV so that they can begin taking treatment, if they are HIV-positive. Pregnant women living with HIV take treatment, during pregnancy and childbirth to reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and to protect their own health.