If you're sexually active and between the ages of 13-64, you should get an HIV test at least once as part of your routine health care. If you have certain risk factors, you may need to get tested more often.
If any of the following apply to you, you should get an HIV test at least once a year:
If any of the following apply to you, you should get an HIV test at least every 6 months, and maybe more often, depending on what you and your doctor discuss:
There are several kinds of HIV tests. The kind we offer at One Medical look for HIV antigens and antibodies. An antigen is a foreign substance that causes your immune system to activate. An antibody is a substance your immune system produces when it detects antigens. It can take 2 to 6 weeks for your body to produce enough antigens and antibodies for the test to detect HIV. If you get tested during this period of time, you should get retested 3 months later.
If you have had a high-risk exposure or have symptoms that can be attributed to acute HIV infection, we can also do viral load testing which looks for the virus itself.
You can discuss your interest in getting an HIV test during any appointment with your One Medical provider. They will provide you with an order that you can then use to get the test done at any of our on-site labs, at your convenience.
One Medical is a membership-based practice that combines the highest level of care with exceptional services. Members support our practice by paying a low annual membership fee of just $149 (introductory price), which provides a full year of access to all of our urgent and primary care services. If you’re ever unhappy with our service, let us know and we’ll refund your current year membership fee.
PrEP (short for pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a combination of antiretroviral drugs that can be used by HIV-negative individuals to help prevent HIV infection. One Medical providers encourage high-risk patients to consider PrEP but to keep in mind that the regimen does not protect against other STIs and that safe sexual practices are still an essential part of staying healthy.