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HIV Testing

What Is an HIV Test?

An HIV test is a test that can detect antibodies in your body to determine if you have been exposed to HIV. 99% of people who have been exposed to HIV develop antibodies that are detectable within six weeks. Sexually active people should get an HIV test once per year…

How do HIV tests work?

Most HIV tests, including most rapid tests and home tests, look for antibodies. Antibodies are produced by your immune system when you’re exposed to viruses like HIV or bacteria. HIV antibody tests look for these antibodies to HIV in your blood or oral fluid. It takes time for the body…

What Are the Different Types of HIV Tests?

Some of the different kinds of HIV tests available include: Nucleic acid tests. Antigen/antibody combination tests. Antibody tests. Tests You Can Get at the Doctor’s Office You can have all three of the above tests done at your doctor’s office. All of them involve taking a sample of your blood,…

How Accurate Are HIV Tests?

Modern HIV tests are extremely accurate, but precise accuracy all depends on how long after HIV exposure you get tested and what kind of test you’re using. Generally, HIV tests after the three-month window are more than 99.97% accurate. However, no HIV tests can tell if you’re infected if you…

Which HIV Tests Are the Most Accurate?

Antigen/antibody tests conducted in a lab (as opposed to on-site rapid tests) are the most accurate types of HIV test with at least a 99% accuracy rate. Types of HIV Tests There are three types of HIV tests: Antibody tests: Most rapid HIV tests and…

Why is a blood test better than a saliva test for HIV?

HIV tests that rely on saliva can’t detect HIV until someone has been infected for 3 months or more — that’s how long it takes for enough virus to build up in the body to be detected in saliva. However, blood spot tests like the one included in…

What if I don’t want an HIV test?

HIV testing is a great way to keep yourself healthy. It is only required in a very few circumstances in the U.S., such as blood and organ donation and military service, to name a few. In all other circumstances, opting to take an HIV test is your decision. In settings…

Could I face discrimination if I’m HIV positive?

Federal and state laws protect people with certain medical conditions and disabilities, including those with HIV, from discrimination. Federal laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Housing Act protect your rights in the workplace, in housing, and in other settings. For example, the ADA requires…

Does the government track positive HIV results?

If you test positive for HIV, the law requires the clinic or any other testing site to report the test result and your name to your state or local health department so they get better estimates of the rates of HIV in your area.

What’s the difference between confidential and anonymous HIV testing?

Getting tested for HIV is voluntary and can be done through confidential or anonymous testing. Nurx offers confidential HIV testing. This means that your name and other identifying information will be attached to your test results. The results will go in your medical record and, depending on the law where…

What happens if results come back HIV positive after using the Nurx Home PrEP Test Kit?

Any HIV results will be disclosed in a sensitive and informed fashion, following state laws around result disclosure. Our team of medical providers are equipped with HIV education and links to care resources for further testing and ongoing HIV treatment. If you are living with HIV, it is…

What happens if results come back HIV positive after using the Nurx Home STI Test Kit?

Any HIV results will be disclosed in a sensitive and informed fashion, following state laws around result disclosure. Our team of medical providers are equipped with HIV education and links to care resources for further testing and ongoing HIV treatment. If you are living with HIV,…

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