June 27 is National HIV Testing Day, and we want you to celebrate by getting tested!

Check out these 4 good reasons to get tested for HIV. You can find HIV testing locations (including free and low-cost testing) near you using the CDC’s site locator here. If you’re 10-22 years old in NYC, you can call (212) 423-3000 to get confidential HIV testing and other health services at no cost to you at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center. Tests are painless cheek swabs, and results take 20 minutes!

Keep in mind that HIV is spread through blood, semen (or come/cum), vaginal fluids, rectal fluids, and breast milk—NOT through saliva or casual contact. Learn more about HIV.

4 good reasons to get tested for HIV. 1. Getting tested is the only way to know whether you have HIV. Most people with HIV don't develop symptoms for years, and there's no way to tell whether someone has HIV by looking at them. 2. To take charge of your sexual health. HIV (and other STI) testing is a standard part of staying healthy, just like getting your blood pressure checked! 3. Knowing your status lets you take care of your own health and the health of your partner(s). 4. HIV is treatable and getting diagnosed and starting treatment early is key to staying healthy. People with HIV who stay in treatment live long, healthy, fulfilling lives.


The Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center is located in New York City. It provides comprehensive, confidential, judgment free health care at no charge to over 12,000 young people every year. This column is not intended to provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, treatment or services to you or to any other individual, only general information for education purposes only.