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If you answer yes to any of them, you should definitely get an HIV test.
If you continue with any of these behaviors, you should be tested every year.
Another type of test is an RNA test, which detects the HIV virus directly.
The time between HIV infection and RNA detection is 9-11 days.
Both you and your new partner should get tested for HIV, and learn the results, before having sex for the first time.
For women who plan to become pregnant, testing is even more important.
There are EIA tests that use other body fluids to look for antibodies to HIV.
Return to top Most HIV tests are antibody tests that measure the antibodies your body makes against HIV.
It can take some time for the immune system to produce enough antibodies for the antibody test to detect and this time period can vary from person to person.
Talk to a health care provider about an HIV testing schedule that is right for you.
If you have had sex with someone whose history of sex partners and/or drug use is unknown to you or if you or your partner has had many sex partners, then you have more of a chance of being infected with HIV.