HIV antibody testing is the most commonly used test to detect HIV. It works by detecting your body’s antibodies in the blood stream that would become present after HIV infection occurs. Antibodies may take up to 3 months to become present in the body, so it is important to wait an appropriate amount of time before being tested. Our care counselors are available to answer any questions you may have about when to test.
If you believe you have been exposed to HIV within the last 72 hours, seek immediate medical treatment at the nearest Emergency Room.
HIV Testing Information
How is HIV transmitted?
HIV is transmitted through the exchange of bodily fluids. This exchange of bodily fluids can be both sexual activity and the sharing of needles. These fluids include vaginal secretion, semen, and blood.
How accurate is the HIV Antibody Test?
It is 99.5% accurate in detecting the presence of HIV antibodies in the body. It can take up to 3 months before there are enough antibodies present in the blood to be tested. You may receive a false negative if you are tested too early. It is always important to retest at a later date if you were given a negative result the first time. Getting a second test 3 months after to the first one will ensure the best possible test results.
How long should I wait to get tested?
You can get tested at any time after you may have been exposed to HIV, but the antibodies may not appear in your system for up to 3 months. The antibodies may still be present earlier than that, but a retest to confirm a negative result will be necessary. Our care counselors are available to answer your questions
Is there a treatment for HIV?
While there is no cure, there are now treatments available to manage the infection. It has helped to not only increase life span, but also the quality of life, limiting secondary diseases. With a mix of different medications, people can live long, happy lives after diagnosis. It is still possible to spread HIV, even while undergoing treatment. It is always important to take precautions when engaging in sexual intercourse.