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Why you should get tested
It all starts with testing. Knowing your HIV status is critical to stopping the spread of the infection. The Houston Department of Health has partnered with various community testing providers in six of Houston's communities that are disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS. Bee Busy will offer testing at no charge. For more testing sites, use the finder to your right or text UTest to 99000.
Why you need to get tested
We’re putting the call out. If you’re HIV negative, if you haven’t had a test in the last 12 months, or if you’ve never been tested, you need to get tested now. If we can dramatically increase the number of people who know their status, we can get HIV positive people into early treatment – which in turn will reduce new cases of HIV and halt transmission rates. For you, that means…
How long will testing take
It depends on the type of HIV test. There are several different types of HIV tests, but the two most common types are blood tests and oral swab tests.
What Testing Results Mean
NEGATIVE means: you are not infected with HIV or you could be infected, but your body hasn't yet begun producing antibodies.
REACTIVE means: you are most likely infected with HIV. Another sample (blood or oral) must be collected to confirm the reactive result and results will be returned to your test site within about 2 weeks.
POSITIVE means: you are infected with HIV and can infect others. Once diagnosed with HIV or AIDS the local health department is able to assist you with medical, prevention, and supportive services.
About HIV Testing
Both confidential HIV testing and anonymous HIV testing are available to anyone who requests it.
Confidential testing means that the person's name and test results are kept in a private medical file.
Anonymous testing means a person is given a number when being tested and he or she can only be identified by that
number - no name is recorded.
If you test negative, you can find out how to keep from getting infected in the future. If you test positive, you can take advantage of the advances in antiviral medications to maintain a healthy lifestyle and learn how to prevent passing HIV to others.
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Our dedicated HIV Counselors are available for HIV testing, providing educational materials, and/or answering questions regarding HIV-related issues.
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