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Getting Tested

Community Health Interventions and Sickle Cell Agency, Inc. uses the OraQuick Advance Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody Test. This test is used to see if a sample of your saliva contains HIV antibodies. When HIV enters a person’s body, special proteins called antibodies are produced. Antibodies are the body’s response to an infection. So if a person has antibodies to HIV in their saliva, it means they may have HIV. If you decide to have the test, your test provider will ask you to collect a sample of your saliva on an oral swab. Your test results will be ready in 20 minutes.

 

The OraQuick test is very accurate; however, an additional test may be required to confirm a preliminary positive result. If your test is negative, it means that the test did not find HIV antibodies in your saliva. If you have engaged in any contact that transmits HIV in the last three months, you may need to consider getting retested in 3 to 6 months.

 

A negative result does not mean that you cannot get the virus if you are exposed to it. If you do not have HIV, you can stay that way by not having sex at all; using a condom correctly every single time; using water-based lubricants with a condom for vaginal and anal sex; using dry or flavored condoms, dental dams, or other barriers during oral-vaginal and oral-anal sex; not using oil-based lubricants like baby-oil, petroleum jelly, or lotions; not using decision altering drugs of any kind; never sharing works; and always correctly cleaning your works before using them.

 

A preliminary positive result means that HIV antibodies may be in your oral fluid and the test needs to be confirmed. You should take every precaution not to expose someone else until your test results are confirmed. Someone will be available to assist you in confirming your test results. The benefits of testing a person can be infected with HIV and not know. They can have HIV for years before the symptoms of AIDS appear.

 

The only way to be sure is to be tested. It is important to know your status so that you can make different lifestyle choices. You can change what you do to avoid exposure or exposing someone else. Additionally, if you have HIV, you can get medical treatment quickly so you can live longer and healthier. Knowing your status can help you make better life decisions. If you or someone you know would like to be tested using the OraQuick Advance test, please contact (910) 488-6118 during business hours and (910) 483-5971 Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

 

All testing with this agency is strictly confidential.