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Someone asked us: how long does it take after u have unprotected sex for u to get tested for hiv? can u get tested right away and know the results? or do u have to wait a certain amount of time. How long after sex does HIV show up — can I test for HIV right after sex?

Getting tested is a great way to take care of you and your partners’ sexual health. If you think you have been exposed to HIV the best way to know is to take an HIV test. 

You can get tested for HIV as soon as 10 to 90 days after having unprotected sex. How early you can get your results will depend on what type of HIV test you get. How accurate the results are from the test will depend on your body and how soon the HIV shows up in your body. 

While you wait to take an HIV test or get your test results, there is still a chance you could spread HIV to others. This is why it’s important to use protection, like condoms, especially if you think you’ve been exposed. 

You might be wondering which HIV test you should get. The best way to know how soon and which type of HIV test to take is by talking to a nurse or doctor. They’ll also be able to provide support on next steps, no matter your result. To make an appointment for HIV testing, you can contact your nearest Planned Parenthood health center

You can also get a test from most health care providers, hospitals, and health centers. Local, state, and federal health departments may also offer free testing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists HIV testing locations and offers information about home testing. 

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