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HIV Testing

ribbonTesting is the only way to know that you have HIV. Some people who are HIV-positive may not know, and they may not have any signs or symptoms. Most people won't look or feel sick. If you have any symptoms, you may feel like you have the flu. You may experience headaches, fevers, sore muscles, stomach aches, weight loss, night sweats, fatigue or swollen lymph nodes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that persons between the ages of 13-64 get tested for HIV. Persons engaging in activities that put them at risk for HIV should get tested more often.

Learn more about HIV testing.

The type of test you get for HIV could be different depending on where you go to get tested. It is recommended that you receive a blood test. All HIV tests look for evidence that your body is fighting HIV, but newer tests can also look for part of HIV itself and can detect HIV infection much earlier. Because it takes time for your body to develop this evidence, HIV may not show up on the test results for 3-8 weeks after exposure, depending on the type of test used.

Learn more about HIV test types.


HIV Testing Sites in Philadelphia

You can use the interactive map below to find an HIV testing site. Click on any marker to view location details.


Red: City health centers
Orange: Community-based organizations
Green: Medical providers
Purple: Sites that are part of a hospital system

Health Information Hotline

If you need more help finding HIV test sites, please call the Health Information Helpline at 215-985-2437. Staff is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am. to 5:30 pm.

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