Your Medicare Coverage

Is my test, item, or service covered?

HIV screening

How often is it covered?

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) screenings. HIV is the virus that can lead to AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). Medicare covers this test once every 12 months or up to 3 times during a pregnancy.

Who's eligible?

People with Medicare are covered if they:

  • Are at increased risk for the virus
  • Ask for the test
  • Are pregnant

Your costs in Original Medicare

You pay nothing for the test if the doctor or other qualified health care provider accepts assignment.

Note

Your doctor or other health care provider may recommend you get services more often than Medicare covers. Or, they may recommend services that Medicare doesn’t cover. If this happens, you may have to pay some or all of the costs. It’s important to ask questions so you understand why your doctor is recommending certain services and whether Medicare will pay for them.

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