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Most of the time, you will be able to get tested on the same day you ask.


Giving your consent means you agree to have the test done.


An HIV test is quick and simple. You will either need to give blood or keep a swab in your mouth for a few minutes.


If you don’t find out your results, you can’t take control and learn how to keep yourself healthy.  Usually your results are ready in a week but with rapid tests, you can find out in minutes.

Get Tested. Act Today.
What should I do if I test negative?
A negative test means that you are not infected with HIV.
  • Learn how to stay negative and prevent HIV.
  • Ask your doctor if you need to re-test or take a special test if you were recently exposed.
What should I do if I test positive?
A positive test means that you are infected with HIV.
  • You are not alone.  There is care and support available that can help you lead a long and healthy life.
  • New medicines are more powerful and easier to take than ever. You will work with your health care team to decide your best treatment plan.
  • HIV can be transmitted through sex and blood.  Choose the best way you can protect your partner (s) from HIV and stick with it.
  • If you feel safe, tell your partner(s) you are HIV-positive and encourage them to get tested.
How can I prevent HIV?
1. Choose not to have sex (abstain).

2. Be faithful to one person (after getting tested together)

3. Reduce your number of sex partners if you have several.

4. Use a condom each and every time you have vaginal or anal sex.

5. Do not share needles and works.

6.  Get tested for HIV and other STDs, and ask your partners to do the same.

Will anyone else know the test results?
HIV testing is confidential.

This means that only you and your health care team know you took the test.  Your HIV test results and medial records are protected by privacy laws.  Positive tests are reported to the health department but they also protect your name.

Anonymous testing (where your name is not used) is available.  To locate a HIV testing site, call 1-888-8ENDHIV or go to our Testing Sites section for local sites listing.

Testing should be a routine part of everyone's care

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