HIV Testing at a Glance
Testing for HIV has become faster and more convenient. Today, you have many testing options. Here are some of the most common questions we hear people ask about HIV testing. We hope you find the answers helpful.
What Kinds of HIV Tests Are Available?
Currently, there are several ways to test for HIV. There are blood and oral swab HIV tests. There are also urine tests for HIV, but they are rarely used.
Most blood tests involve going to a clinic, having blood drawn, and then going back to the clinic about a week later for the results.
Many health care providers now offer rapid HIV testing. A rapid test can use an oral swab or blood from a vein or finger prick. The results take as little as 20 minutes. However, rapid test results that show a person has HIV need to be confirmed with a follow-up test.
You can also test for HIV at home using either a blood or oral swab test.
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