I know I should test but how often?

Unlike other health check-ups such as skin and dental, knowing how often to get an HIV test can vary depending on how sexually active you are, and this can cause some confusion. Here are some things to consider:

  1. Even if you have been practising safe sex it is still recommended that you test at least twice a year, as while condoms remain the best prevention for HIV, you may not know when they have broken.

  2. If you participate in group sex, use recreational drugs or have more than 10 sexual partners in 6 months, it’s worth testing around four times a year.


  3. If you’ve engaged in unprotected sex or if you think you may have been exposed to HIV, then you should get tested immediately and consider commencing PEP.


If you are still unclear on how often to test our Testing Frequency Calculator can help get the answer you need.