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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the HIV Antibody Test use blood or urine?

Our HIV Antibody Test uses a blood sample. There is no undressing or uncomfortable swabbing.
What do I need to do to prepare for the test?

No fasting or additional preparation is needed for the HIV Antibody Blood Test.

When is the right time to get the HIV Antibody Test?

The right time to take our 4th Generation HIV Antibody / Antigen Test is 2-3 weeks after exposure. Most people will develop detectable antibodies (proteins that fight the HIV virus) within this time frame, but in rare cases it may take up to 3 months for them to develop. We do recommend retesting at the 3 month mark for conclusive results. Our Blood Test searches for the presence of these antibodies in the blood, as well as antigens on the surface of the HIV virus. If antibodies or antigens to HIV are found, a supplemental differentiation assay is performed at no additional cost to confirm the presence of HIV. If you are concerned about recent exposure, our HIV RNA Early Detection Test can detect the presence of HIV as early as 9-11 days after exposure.

What will the test results say?

Your HIV test results will say either positive or negative. There are no signs of HIV antibodies or antigens in the blood if the result is negative. If positive, HIV antibodies were found, and a confirmation test will be completed on the same blood sample to confirm the diagnosis at no additional cost.

Can HIV be cured or treated?

No, there is no cure for HIV, but with the help of various anti-retroviral drugs, HIV can be managed and infected people can lead normal lives. The "drug cocktails" prescribed for HIV strengthen the immune system and prevent HIV from developing into AIDS.

Who needs HIV Antibody testing?

HIV affects both men and women. Anyone who has had unprotected sex or who engages in intravenous drug use should get tested. It is possible to have HIV for a long time without being aware. The only way to know is to get tested. The HIV test should be a part of your routine STD screening.