What type of test is there for HIV?
The actual test name for determining if HIV is present is called the Elisa confirmed by Western Blot test. Most people infected with HIV will show a positive test result within 3 months of exposure to HIV, using the screening test (repeated Elisa). If the screening test proves positive, that result is immediately confirmed with the Western Blot confirmation, which uses the same blood sample (you will not be required to give another blood sample). If you test for HIV before the antibodies have had enough time to appear (this process is called Seroconversion), you may receive a “false negative” result. If you believe you may have returned a false negative result, we recommend testing again within 6 months.
What kind of sample is required?
This HIV Test requires a blood sample which will be drawn by a medical professional at local testing facility of your choosing.
How to Prepare for Your Test?
No advance preparation is required before your test – just be prepared to have your blood drawn during the visit.
When can I expect results?
HIV blood test results are usually available within 1-5 days, but when ordered with other tests will only be available after all tests have been resulted. After you purchase your test from us, you can choose to receive a phone call or email with your results.
Is there an at-home test kit for HIV?
We do not currently offer an at-home testing option for HIV as the test requires blood to be drawn by a medical professional, ensuring maximum accuracy for test results.
What if I have a positive result?
If you get tested and are returned a positive result, we are here to help. Through our partnership with the American Social Health Association (ASHA), we have certified expert STD counselors to help you interpret results and discuss any concerns you may have. Additionally, we have medical doctors available 24-7 (by appointment) that can answer any questions you may have and refer you to a local specialist who can help you.
Purchasing your Test:
Local Center Testing: Choose a local testing center convenient to you, and show up within business hours (no appointment is required).