Deaf2 – HIV Testing 101
Transcript: We will be talking about HIV testing. HIV testing is important, because many people with HIV often do not know that they have HIV. Symptoms of HIV …
We will be talking about HIV testing.
HIV testing is important, because
many people with HIV often
do not know that they have HIV.
Symptoms of HIV often do not show up,
which is why it is important to get tested.
The sooner you find out that you have HIV
and getting HIV treatments early,
more likely you will live a healthy life.
HIV testing is very important
because it is the only way you will know
if you have HIV.
You will know if you got HIV test before
by asking your doctor if you have already took it.
You should get HIV test
Your doctor, or health care provider,
can suggest to get HIV test every year
or get HIV test more often (e.g., every 3 or 6 months) depending on your sex life
and drug use.
There are few groups of people who are at high risk of getting HIV:
1) people who do not use protection during sex,
for example, not using male or female condoms,
2) people who have sex with someone who has HIV,
3) people who have sex with someone who has more than one sexual partners,
4) people who have anal sex,
5) people who have sex to get something,
and 6) people who share needles.
For people who are at high risk,
it is suggested to get HIV test more often.
After entering HIV testing clinic
and ask for HIV test,
you will be asked to sit down
and the person will swab your mouth
or prick your finger to get little bit of blood.
The blood will be used to do HIV test.
You will know your test results within 20 minutes of taking the test.
This kind of test is called rapid HIV test,
which is common in clinics.
There are two possible test results:
which means test results
do not show anything in your blood.
After getting a non-reactive test, take the test again when your doctor recommends taking it.
The second possible test result is
getting a reactive result,
which means the test shows something concerning in your blood.
After getting a reactive test result, you will need to do a second (follow up) test,
which is called a confirmatory test.
During confirmatory test, a blood will be drawn from your arm
and your blood sample will be given to the lab.
Results will be ready within a couple of days.
After test result is ready, your doctor will confirm you have HIV.
There are two places where you can get HIV tests:
1) at your health care provider's office,
you can ask your health care provider if they offer HIV testing,
or 2) at HIV testing clinics