Testing & Prevention

Testing & Prevention

Testing’s Role in Preventing HIV Infection

About 1.2 million people in the United States are HIV-positive. One in five of those don’t know they’re infected, a major contributing factor to the 50,000 or so new HIV infections a year. Testing is the first step to engaging HIV-positive patients in care, stopping individual disease progression, and stemming the spread of HIV. In concordance with the CDC’s recommendations, CCC consultants advise that providers test all patients between 13 and 64 years old, regardless of risk profile, at least once in their lifetime, and preferably on an annual basis as part of routine health screening.

See our PrEP Guidelines and Resources page for information on the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as a prevention tool.

Testing Implementation

Information and resources to aid in implementing routine testing in your practice.

Information and Resources

  • CDC Recommendations on Routine HIV Testing
    Open PDF Open PDF | From the CDC MMWR
  • CCC Frequently Asked Questions on HIV Testing
    Open PDF Open PDF | From the CCC
  • CCC Preguntas Mas Frecuentes Relacionadas a las Pruebas de Sida
    Open PDF Open PDF | From the CCC
  • Implementing Testing in Clinical Practice: Practical Advice from the CCC
    Open Link Open Link | From AAFP.org
  • HIV Testing and Screening Cost and Reimbursement Calculator
    Open LinkOpen Link | From HRET.org

Linkage to Care

Information on linking your patients to appropriate testing resources and care.

Information and Resources

  • AIDS Education and Training National Coordinating Resource Center Testing Resources
    Open Link Open Link | From the AETC NCRC
  • AIDS Education and Training Regional Centers
    Open LinkOpen Link | From the AETC NCRC
  • American Academy of HIV Medicine Referral Link
    Open LinkOpen Link | From AAHIVM
  • HIV Medicine Association Provider Directory
    Open LinkOpen Link | From HIVMA
  • AIDS.gov HIV/AIDS Services Locator
    Open LinkOpen Link | From AIDS.gov
  • CDC Find a Testing Site
    Open LinkOpen Link | From CDC.gov