Who should take the test?
About 1 in 7 people in the United States who have HIV don’t know they have it. HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It weakens a person’s immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection. No effective cure exists for HIV. But with proper medical care, HIV can be controlled. Everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 should get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care, and more often if you do things that might increase your risk for getting HIV.
Some groups of people in the United States are more likely to get HIV than others because of many factors, including their sex partners, their risk behaviors, and where they live. If you were HIV-negative the last time you were tested, and that test was more than one year ago, and you answer yes to any of the following questions, you should get an HIV test as soon as possible.
These things increase your chances of getting the virus:
- are you a man who has had sex with another man?
- have you had sex (anal or vaginal) with an HIV-positive partner?
- have you had more than one sex partner since your last HIV test?
- have you injected drugs and shared needles with others?
- have you exchanged sex for drugs or money?
- have you been diagnosed with or sought treatment for another sexually transmitted disease?
- have you been diagnosed with or treated for hepatitis or tuberculosis?
- have you had sex with someone who could answer yes to any of the above questions or someone whose sexual history you don’t know?
How does it work?
You collect the sample (blood spot), send it back to us and we will provide you with information about your HIV status. If you test positive, you should talk to a doctor about treatment options to avoid passing an infection to a partner.
What guidance will I get along with my results?
After you get tested, it’s important for you to find out the result of your test so that you can talk to a doctor about treatment options if HIV was detected. Still have questions? Then send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that we reserve the right to collaborate with certified partner laboratories.
How is my privacy protected?
Our STD Tests are taken in the privacy of your own home. We and our partner laboratories (who may be contracted by us to conduct some or all analyses of your test) take customer privacy very seriously. Only you will have access to this information and we will not share your information with any not authorized third party. All samples are disposed of following analysis.