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Here you’ll find FAQs about HIV Testing such as cost, different HIV tests, and HIV testing locations.
SHOULD I GET TESTED FOR HIV?
The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. About 1 in 7 people in the U.S. who have HIV don’t know they have it. Knowing your HIV status can keep you and your partners healthy.
If you are sexually active, you should get tested for HIV every 3 months.
WHERE CAN I GET TESTED FOR HIV?
You can ask your health care provider for an HIV test. Many medical clinics, substance abuse programs, community health centers, and hospitals offer them too.
AHF offers free and fast testing for HIV our many locations:
HOW MUCH DOES TESTING COST?
HIV testing is free at AHF. All you need is your photo ID.
WHAT KIND OF HIV TEST IS RIGHT FOR ME?
HIV tests are very accurate at detecting HIV, but every HIV test has a window period. The window period is the time between exposure to HIV and when a test can detect HIV. AHF offers three types of HIV tests:
- Rapid HIV test: A rapid HIV test is a fingerstick blood test that gives results in less than a minute. Rapid HIV tests are sometimes called antibody tests because it looks for antibodies in your blood. Antibodies are produced by your immune system when you’re exposed to HIV.
- Combination HIV test: A combination HIV test is a blood test that gives results in less than a week. A combination test is sometimes called a fourth-generation test. It looks for both HIV antibodies and antigens. Antigens are foreign substances that cause your immune system to activate. An HIV antigen called p24 and is produced even before antibodies develop.
- Nucleic acid test (NAT): A nucleic acid test is a blood test that gives results in less than a week. A nucleic acid test is sometimes called a viral load test. This test is used to confirm an HIV infection. It is not routinely used unless an individual has a positive rapid HIV test or positive combination HIV test.
Talk to an AHF testing counselor about which HIV test is right for you.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY HIV TEST IS POSITIVE?
If you receive an HIV-positive result, our trained and certified AHF counselors will walk you through your next steps. HIV is treatable and treatments are highly effective. AHF offers free HIV treatment at our Healthcare Centers.
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