If the above symptoms are present, and there’s concern about the possibility of HIV, a good first step is to get tested
. It’s the only way for a person to know for sure if they have HIV. The CDC
actually recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested at least once for HIV, regardless of their risk. If a person has known risk factors, it’s a good idea for them to be tested annually. Testing is easy and can be performed confidentially in a medical provider’s office or anonymously at home
or at a testing site. Local public health departments, as well as resources such as HIV.gov
, offer information on finding testing sites.