How Often Should I Test?
When it comes to HIV testing, everyone has a number. Some guys should test for HIV more often, depending on the type of sex they’re having. Guys who are more at risk should test every 3 months. Guys who are less at risk should test every 12 months. You can find your number, and sign up for testing reminders sent to your phone or email at:
HIGH RISK BEHAVIOUR?
Test every 3 months.
High risk behaviour includes anal sex without a condom with a partner whose status is different than yours, or unknown to you.
LOW RISK BEHAVIOUR?
Test once a year.
Low risk behaviour includes oral sex, anal sex where condoms are used, and sex with a regular partner whose status you know (like a boyfriend). Low-risk doesn’t necessarily mean no-risk. Even guys who may consider themselves no-risk should test for HIV every 12 months. Sometimes, a risk event may happen (by accident, mistake, or even planned). If so, you may want to change your testing pattern to every 3 months, or follow the ‘Test After a High Risk Event’ guidelines. (below).
TEST BEFORE GIVING UP CONDOMS
If you and your partner (boyfriend, friend with benefits, whomever) want to give up condoms, you should both get tested, but only after 3 months of using condoms consistently. Assuming you are not exposed to HIV outside your relationship, you can both feel certain of your results after 3 months.
TEST AFTER A HIGH RISK EVENT
If you have a high-risk event (broken condom, condomless anal sex with a partner whose HIV status you aren’t sure of), get tested right away. Find a clinic here, or get in touch with your family doctor.