HIV Testing Among High School Students
The good news is that the highest risk teens were the ones getting tested more often, but only 22% of the highest risk teens had been tested.
To decrease the number of undiagnosed HIV infections among adolescents and promote HIV prevention, the CDC recommends that health-care providers offer HIV screening as part of routine medical care for all people ages 13 to 64. People at high risk should be tested every year, including:
- Injection drug users;
- Anyone who exchanges sex for money or drugs;
- Sex partners of people with HIV;
- Men who have sex with men;
- Heterosexual people who have more than one partner since their most recent HIV test; and
- Anyone who gets a sexually transmitted disease.
For teens, I usually suggest they go to anonymous testing sites in their community to be tested, so that the test is not including in their medical record. The anonymity also gives them a little extra courage. The trick is that they cannot lose their test number for the two weeks they wait for results.