Only about 46 percent of our Veterans have an HIV test in their records.
Did you know it is recommended that all adults get an HIV test at least once in their lifetime? We’ve talked to a lot of Veterans about HIV testing and most think they’ve already been tested.
But at VA, only about 46% of our Veterans have an HIV test in their records. You can help us get to 100% by saying yes to the test.
Next time you talk with your provider, double check that you’ve been tested. If you haven’t, HIV testing is easy. After a routine blood test, you’ll receive your testing results.
Medicines used to treat HIV are highly effective
If you are positive, we can get you into care. Medicines used to treat HIV are highly effective. If you’re negative, we will work with you on prevention methods to keep you negative.
As part of your routine health care, your VA provider will ask you about your sexual partners and practices to make sure you are offered appropriate screenings for sexually transmitted infections, vaccinations, and prevention resources.
It might be a little awkward at first, but this type of information is helpful in taking good care of your health.
Condoms can be prescribed by your VA provider
After taking a sexual health history, your provider may recommend more frequent HIV testing and prevention methods like condoms and HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP.
PrEP is a medication that can prevent HIV. Condoms can be prescribed by your VA provider. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to let your provider know.
HIV testing is one way to be proactive about your health. June 27th is HIV testing day, a good time to ask whether you’ve had the test. For more information on HIV testing, visit: https://www.hiv.va.gov/
Elizabeth Maguire is the communications lead for the HIV, Hepatitis, and Related Conditions Program Office.