General Test Questions
Why get tested for HIV?
Generally speaking, there are a number of reasons that prompt a person
to take an HIV test. Whether it is entering a new relationship, a couple’s
desire to know each other’s status, switching birth control, reassurance
for a healthy pregnancy/delivery, desire to play team sports, purchase of life-medical
insurance or concern you may have been exposed to HIV through unprotected sex,
exposure to human fluids, or the sharing of a needle - getting tested for HIV
can help foster peace of mind, regardless of your test result. And, if you are
concerned about testing positive for HIV, it is important to recognize that today,
more than ever before, there is new medical treatment and technology that is
helping thousands of people infected with HIV lead healthier, active and longer
lives. Knowing your HIV status as early as possible is key to effective treatment.
Who gets tested for HIV?
Anyone who is sexually active and/or
an intravenous drug user. AIDS doesn’t
discriminate so people from all walks of life, ethnic backgrounds, age, financial
means, and geographical locations take advantage of at-home HIV testing.
How many people take these home HIV tests?
Over half a million people have successfully used this same HIV home test
What exactly is an HIV antibody test?
The human body makes antibodies to fight all kinds of infection. If you become
infected with HIV, your body creates HIV antibodies. Just like doctors' offices
and clinics, our HIV test kit tests your blood for the presence of HIV antibodies.
How soon do these antibodies show up?
In most infected people, the antibodies will show up in the blood within 1
to 3 months after exposure, with the average period being 25 days. However, in
some people, it might take up to six months. This is important because the test
may not detect recent infections. For example, if you became infected in January,
you may not test positive until June.
Do I need to get tested more than once?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends routine
HIV tests. A negative result means that no HIV antibodies were found
in the blood at the time it was drawn. It ordinarily takes 3 to 6 months
for people infected with HIV to develop enough antibodies for HIV to
be accurately detected. Therefore, it is recommended that you get tested
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What does FDA approved mean?
The entire testing service has been scientifically reviewed for safety
and effectiveness by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The
FDA granted the manufacturer nationwide clearance to market its product
on July 22, 1996. The at-home telemedicine HIV counseling and testing
service is the ONLY such service available in the United States approved
by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In the past, FDA has warned
consumers against purchasing or using any HIV testing service (especially
over the internet) that has not been FDA approved.
Will any medications or medical condition affect the test results?
The test is not recommended for hemophiliacs or those on anticoagulant
therapy. Either group should consult their physician before using this
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