At least 2 percent of DC residents have HIV. In the general US population, more than 1.2 million people are living with HIV. Within that population, 1 in 8 don't know they are living with the disease.
The next time you visit your doctor or health care provider, Ask for the Test. Regular HIV testing is an important part of your health care. It’s what we do in DC to stay healthy. Along with other routine medical tests like cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure, your doctor should offer you an HIV test. And if your doctor doesn’t offer you one, ask for the test yourself.
Being tested for HIV/AIDS is easier than ever:
There are multiple ways to be tested, all of which are simple.
The easiest way to get an HIV test is to ask your doctor on your next visit. There are also free testing sites all over DC.
Test results are always confidential.
Treatment is available for persons living with HIV/AIDS — and some is free.
Just remember that when you ask for the test, it isn’t just for your own benefit. When you get tested for HIV, it shows that you care about your partner, your family and your community. Your health affects them, and living a healthy life in DC includes regular HIV testing.