The only way to know for sure whether you have HIV is to get tested. New York State Department of Health recommends that everyone get tested for HIV at once as part of routine health care. Knowing your HIV status gives you powerful information to help you take steps to keep you and your partner(s) healthy.
If you test positive, you can take medicine to treat HIV and stay healthy for many years.
If you test negative, there are more tools available today to help prevent getting HIV than ever before.