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Candle How does the HIV testing work?
The test checks to see if your body is making antibodies to fight HIV. If it is, then you've been infected with HIV. The test does NOT tell you if you have AIDS.

A simple test is taken of either blood or saliva. The sample is tested for HIV antibodies. It usually takes the body about 6 motnth ( longer in rare cases ) to make enough HIV antibodies for the test to detect. If HIV antibodies are found, it means the test is "POSITIVE." The sample is then retested. If the second test is POSITIVE, a different test is used to confirm the second positive result.

It may take days or weeks to get your results, depending on the testing center. A conselor will explain what your test results mean.
Reliability HIV tests are reliable. The chances for wrong results are small, especially when testing is done more than 6 months after infection.
Benefits There are many benefits to being tested.

If you're NOT INFECTED, the test can help you:
  • reduce stress and anxiety ( you don't have to worry that you have HIV)
  • protect yourself ( when you are tested, you will learn about the steps you can take to reduce your chances of getting infected)

If you're INFECTED, the test can help you:

  • start treatment early, which may help you stay healthier longer
  • avoid spreading HIV ( by being extra careful not to engage in risky behavior, sich as drug use or unsafe sex.
  • avoid getting reinfected with HIV or getting other STDs that can weaken your immune system, by avoiding risky behavior
  • inform others, including anyone you might have infected.
Back To Main What is the HIV test?
Who should consider having an HIV test?
HIV infection and AIDS are not the same thing.

Are there benefits to being tested?
Test results - What do they mean?
Questions and answers.