HIV testing is the only way to be sure of your HIV status. In Canada, most HIV tests are done with a family health care provider.
When should you get tested?
For HIV, there is a “window period” between the moment HIV transmission occurs and when it will show up on a blood test.
For most people, HIV can be detected as early as two to three weeks after transmission. For others, it can take up to three months after the initial transmission for tests to show a positive result. It is advised to re-take an HIV test after 3 months to confirm your results.
For more information on when you should get tested for HIV, speak to your doctor.