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How often should you get tested for HIV?

Hey, that’s a really good question. Here’s what I want you to know.

So, it varies, and the answer is it depends on what your life is like. Folks may be tested at a different frequency.

So, gay, bisexual, other men who have sex with men, transgender individuals who have sex with men, bare minimum, should be tested once a year, maybe up to once every 3-6 months.

And, that also is an important sort of component, which is, make sure that if you’re getting your HIV testing through your medical provider, that you talk about sex. That you talk about drug use.

So, they can give you good advice in terms of how often to get screened.

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