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Candle Test results - What do they mean?
Testing requires your informed consent. This means you have give permission for the test, and your halth-care provider or testing site has answered all your questions. Be sure you understand the test and how it is done. Possble test results and what they can mean. The iffects results may have on future health-care decisions. And who may have access to your test results.
It may take days or weeks to get your results, depending on the testing center. A conselor will explain what your test result mean.
Confidentiality Test results are confidential unless you give written permission, only peoplw with a "need to know" may see the results. These people may include:
  • Health-care workers involved in your care
  • Insurance companies and Medicare or Medicaid, if they are paying all or part of the cost of your health care
  • Public health officials - cases of AIDS must be reported to public health officials. HIV infection must be reported in some states.

ANONYMOUS testing is available is some places.

  • Your name is never used.
  • You use a code to get your results
  • You are the only person who knows your results
Negative Result A negative result means no HIV antibodies were found in your body. But you could still be infected if you have been exposed to HIV in the last 6 month. Your body may not have made enough HIV antibodies to show up yet. Consider getting retested in a few month.
You are not immune. You can still become infected thought risky behavior.
An Indeterminate Result An Indeterminate result means the results were unclear. You may have to be tested again.
POSITIVE RESULT A POSITIVE RESULT means your body is making HIV antibodies. You have been infected with HIV. This dows NOT mean you have AIDS or will get sick soon, thought it is possible.

What To Do If Positive
If you test positive, take special steps to protect your health.
  • Find a supportive, experienced health-care provider ( start to manage your HIV infection - even if you don't feel sick.)
  • GET COUNSELING. Your mental health has a big inpact on you physical health. Conuseling can help you and your loved ones learn to live with HIV
  • Find out about treatments. Early treatment may keep you healthier longer. Ask your health-care provider or call HIV/AIDS Treatment Information Service at 1-800-448-0440
  • Get a Tuberculosis (TB) test. People with HIV are more likely to get TB. If detected early, TB can be treated successfully.

Take Good Care of Yourself. your health is more important than ever. Be sure to:





EXERCISE ( consult your health-care provider)



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