Frequently asked HIV questions
Which HIV tests do you provide?
The labs we work with offer both the HIV antibody test and the early detection HIV RNA test.
What does HIV testing entail?
Testing has never been easier. First, purchase your tests online or over the phone. Then, whenever you're ready, come into the testing center and get tested. You don't need an appointment, so just come in at your convenience.
Am I at risk for HIV? Is it necessary to get tested?
It is necessary to be tested if you believe you have or may have been exposed to HIV. HIV can be contracted via the exchange of bodily fluids, like semen, blood, or breast milk.
I may have been exposed to HIV or an STD. When is a good time to get tested?
We offer two ways to screen for HIV: the HIV Antibody Test and the Early Detection Test. There are different testing windows for each method.
The most common type of HIV testing is the HIV Antibody Test. This is a blood test that detects antibodies for HIV. According to the CDC, the average time that it takes for detectable HIV antibodies to develop is 25 days. In some instances, it may take longer. If you get tested within the first 3 months after exposure and if there are not enough antibodies to detect, you might get a "false negative" result. We recommend getting re-tested after 3 months to get the most accurate results.
The Early Detection Test is a way to detect HIV sooner than with the HIV Antibody Test. With the Early Detection Test, it is possible to detect HIV as soon as 6 days after exposure. However, our doctors recommend using the Early Detection Test a full 2 weeks after exposure. If the test is positive, the results should be confirmed by a re-test.
If you are certain that you have been exposed to HIV or Hepatitis B in the last 72 hours, please go to an emergency room or urgent care clinic immediately to get preventive treatment.
Do I need to do anything to prepare for testing?
There is no need to fast or prepare for both types of HIV testing.
When will I get my test results?
Normally, you receive your test results within 3 business days, sometimes sooner.
How do I access my results?
You may access your results online when they are ready. We will send you an email containing secure login information that you may use to view your results.
What should I do after I get my results?
If your test results are positive for HIV, one of our doctors or members from our clinical team will be available to discuss your results with you. Our doctor will then arrange for you to see a local HIV specialist who will aid you with further treatment and discuss your next steps.