Guideline-based STD Screening and HIV Testing

Our Strategy

Universal, Comprehensive STD Screening and Targeted Testing:

  • Establish policies, procedures and systems to support universal, comprehensive screening and targeted testing within multiple settings (clinical and custody) and address institutional barriers to comprehensive screening and assessment.
  • Provide targeted community outreach and education, tailored to specific high-risk populations, regarding the importance of HIV testing.

Check out our team’s work plan

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Should I Get Tested For HIV?

  • Everyone ages 13 to 64 should get tested for HIV at least once.
  • Some sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from more frequent testing (every 3 to 6 months).
  • If you’re pregnant or planning to get pregnant, get tested as early as possible to protect your baby.
  • You should get tested at least once a year if:
    • You’re a sexually active gay or bisexual man.
    • You’ve had sex with an HIV-positive partner.
    • You’ve had more than one partner since your last HIV test.
    • You’ve shared needles or works to inject drugs.
    • You’ve exchanged sex for drugs or money.
    • You have another sexually transmitted disease, hepatitis, or tuberculosis.
    • You’ve had sex with anyone who has done anything listed above or with someone whose sexual history you don’t know.

Where Can I Get Tested?

Ask your doctor for an HIV test, or nd a testing site near you by • visiting gettested.cdc.gov,

  • texting your ZIP code to KNOW IT (566948), or
  • calling 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636).

Many testing locations are FREE and con dential. You can also buy
a home testing kit at a pharmacy or online. Most HIV tests are covered by health insurance.

Click Here for testing locations in our county: Testing in Santa Clara County

What If My Test Result Is Negative?

  • You could still have HIV. Ask your doctor about the “window period,” a period of time after a person is infected during which they won’t test positive.
  • To stay negative, take actions to prevent HIV. Visit www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics to learn more.
  • What If My Test Result Is Positive?

    You may be given a follow-up test to confirm the result.

    • Finding out you have HIV can be scary, but you can still live a healthy life if you take action.
    • If you have HIV, start medical care right away. HIV treatment can keep you healthy for many years and reduce your chance of transmitting the virus to others. Learn more at www.cdc.gov/ HIVTreatmentWorks.
    • To learn more about testing visit: www.HIV.gov