How often to get tested?

Wondering how often to get tested? Dr. Demetre goes over the recommendations for HIV testing.

How often you should get tested for HIV is something you should discuss with your healthcare provider. They can also advise you about other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) you may want to be tested for.

Given the heightened risk of exposure, many health departments recommend gay and bisexual men and transgender women get tested every 3 to 6 months. More frequent testing may also be recommended for other at-risk groups.

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#AskTheHIVDoc is a video series from Greater Than AIDS featuring top HIV doctors providing answers to commonly-asked questions about HIV prevention, testing and treatment.

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