The best way to test for HIV is by using the HIV antibody test. The minimum required wait for HIV testing is eight weeks. If you know you’ve been exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours, go to an emergency room or urgent care immediately to seek preventative treatment. For potential exposures within the past two months, you will need to do a HIV RNA test. Whether you are concerned about your health or just getting a routine check, the HIV antibody test will put your mind at ease. To find out more information call a care counselor at 1-888-978-3435.
If you believe you have been exposed to HIV through any contact within the last 72 hours, seek immediate medical treatment from the nearest emergency room.
HIV Testing Information
How is HIV contracted?
The HIV virus is transmitted through the exchange of bodily fluids including vaginal secretions, semen and blood. The exchange of these bodily fluids can happen through sexual activity as well as the sharing of needles.
What kind of test is used to detect HIV infections?
HIV is detected through the use of an HIV Antibody Test. This simple blood test searches for the presence of your body’s antibodies to the HIV virus. It can take several weeks for your body to begin producing enough antibodies to be detectable, so it is important to be sure you’ve waited long enough before testing to avoid receiving a false negative result. A negative result is considered to be a true negative only if it has been 3 months since possible infection.
Is there a treatment for HIV?
There is currently no cure for HIV, but there are medications available to help manage the infection and prevent it from advancing further. These medications have helped to extend the life expectancy and quality of life for those with the infection. It is very possible for people to live long and happy lives after the diagnosis. It is still possible to transmit the infection even while receiving treatment, so it is important to always practice safe sex.