You can't rely on symptoms. You can look and feel perfectly healthy and still have HIV.
Testing is the only way to know for sure if you have HIV. Knowing your status will allow you to take control of your health. If you test negative, you can get more information on different prevention tools, such as PrEP, and if you test positive you can start treatment to manage HIV.
Testing usually involves taking a small sample of blood. The time it takes to receive your results will depend on the type of test you receive. A rapid HIV test result will be available within 15 minutes.
PrEP is recommended for people who are HIV negative and have one or more of the following experiences:
This will depend on your financial situation including insurance – for many individuals the cost of PrEP is low or free.
According to the CDC: “PrEP can cause side effects like nausea in some people, but these generally subside over time. Learn more.