Getting tested for
HIV can be scary, but the condition is treatable. So
it is important to get tested if you think you have been exposed. Early
detection and monitoring of HIV will help your doctor find out whether the
disease is getting worse and when to start treatment.
Public Health Agency of Canada says you should consider getting tested for HIV if you or your partner(s) has ever:
Had sex without using a condom or other protective barrier.
Had sex under the influence of alcohol or drugs (you may not have used protection).
Tested positive for another sexually transmitted or blood-borne infection, such as syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C.
Shared needles, syringes or other drug use equipment when using drugs, including steroids.
Had tattooing, piercing, or acupuncture with unsterilized equipment.
You and your doctor can decide if testing is right for
You can get HIV testing in most doctors' offices, public
health units, and hospitals.