National HIV Testing Day

June 27th has been designated by the US Department of Health and Human Services to be National HIV Testing Day.

National HIV testing day

Since the discovery of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus in the 1980’s, HIV has affected numerous millions of people in the United States alone.   The CDC estimates more than 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection currently and about 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.

The CDC also reports that almost 1 in 5 (18.1%) of infected individuals are unaware of their infection.  As with any disease, the ideal way to fight the spread of HIV is with early detection.  It allows those who are diagnosed to initiate treatment as soon as possible, increasing survival chances and quality of life. This also helps to eliminate the chance of unknowingly spreading the disease to others. 

Healthcare professionals should take this opportunity to encourage high risk individuals to be screened for HIV.  Information on testing that is geared to provider education is provided on the website.

For patients, a screening location finder can be found on the CDC website by clicking here or also at

The table below lists basic on the Medicare coverage for HIV Screening.  Please consult the CMS Preventive Services website for complete detailed information.


Procedure Code(s)



HIV Screening

G0432-Infectious agent by EIS technique

G0433-Infectious agent by ELISA technique

G0435-Infectious agent by rapid antibody test

Any beneficiaries at increased risk for HIV infection or pregnant.

Annually for high risk beneficiaries. 

Three times per pregnancy.