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Federal Testing Programs

HIV Testing Programs

Taking an HIV test is the only way for a person to find out whether he or she is infected. Although the thought of taking an HIV test makes many people nervous, there are programs that can help them through the process. The Federal government works with local community organizations to provide and support HIV testing programs and initiatives.

Testing as Prevention

One of the best ways to control the spread of HIV is to identify people who are infected and get them into care. So HIV counseling, testing, and referral (CTR) is a critical part of any successful HIV prevention program. For a list of HIV testing resources, see the National Prevention Information Network’s (NPIN) HIV/AIDS Counseling, Testing, and Referral (CTR) Exit Disclaimer.

Additional Resources

CDC–HIV Testing
Information on HIV testing, including information on frequently asked HIV testing questions, rapid HIV testing, factsheets and testing guidelines, etc.

FDA–HIV Testing: Approved Test Kits
Information on approved test kits, home kits, clinical tests, and industry information. Resources include:

Last revised: 08/17/2009