HIV Antibody Testing

When you visit a lab and get the 4th Generation HIV Antibody Test, the testing methodology that we use is called Immunoassay (IA). A small amount of your blood will be drawn to conduct the test. You will not be subject to an uncomfortable swabbing procedure and there is no need for you to remove your clothing.



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Preparation

Avoid urinating for at least one hour before arrival.

Sample Needed

This test requires a blood sample only

Test Time

5-10 Minutes

Results

Back in 1-2 days

Doctor Consultation

One of our doctors will call you if you test positive

Will I Need A Blood Or Urine Sample?

The HIV Antibody test requires a blood sample. Upon arrival at the testing facility, a small amount of blood will be drawn. This test includes no invasive swabs or scraping.


What Will The Results Show?

The results will let you know whether or not there are any HIV antibodies in your bloodstream. If there are not, the test will come back with a negative result. This means that you do not have HIV. If the test comes back positive, this means that you are carrying the Human Immunodeficiency Virus.


Do I Need To Fast Before The Test?

There is no need to abstain from eating or drinking before the test.


Can HIV Be Cured?

There is no cure for HIV. However, medical research to treat the virus is constantly advancing. There are medications available for HIV carriers that can alleviate your symptoms and extend your life. You can discuss which medications will help you the most with your doctor.


Should I Get The HIV Antibody Test?

The HIV Antibody test differs from the HIV RNA Early Detection test in that it takes 2-3 weeks after becoming exposed to the virus for it to provide accurate results. If you believe that you have been exposed to HIV and at least 14-21 days have not yet passed, you may want to consider getting the HIV Early Detection test instead.

The HIV Antibody test is considered to be more accurate if it is administered three months after you believe that you may have been exposed to HIV.

Anybody of any age can become infected with HIV. You are considered at high risk if you have engaged in unprotected sex, unprotected anal sex, or if you have ever shared needles with anybody. It is possible for you to be carrying HIV without having any symptoms. If you have any doubts about whether or not you are infected with HIV, getting tested for it is the only way to know for sure what your status is.


How Long Does A HIV Test Take?

Your test results are typically available two business after you visit the lab. You will be contacted at the email address that you used to sign up for testing with instructions on how to view your results.


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If you test positive for having HIV one of our board certified physicians may attempt to reach out to you on the phone for a free post-test consultation. If you are unavailable by phone, we will reach out to you at the email address provided when you purchase your test. On your consultation call, our doctor will explain your results to you and what options you have for treatment. HIV is a serious condition that requires careful management. Many people lead long and happy lives with a properly controlled HIV infection. To learn more about HIV treatment options, click here. If you believe you may have been exposed to an HIV infection, don't wait! Contact us toll free at: 1-855-588-6958 or email us at: customerservice@stdaware.com to learn more about when and how to get tested. Stop Worrying! Get Tested.


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