What is Rapid HIV Testing?
1 in 5 people who are HIV positive do not know it. Know your status in 15 minutes. You can get tested while you are waiting for another service, or while you are waiting in one of our offices with a friend of family member while they have an appointment.
What is HIV?
“HIV” stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV weakens your immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection. A “deficient” immune system can’t protect you. Your immune system cannot clear HIV like most other viruses, so once you have HIV, you have it for life. Over time, HIV can destroy so many of your cells that your body can’t fight infections and diseases anymore. When that happens, HIV infection can lead to AIDS, the final stage of HIV infection. With proper treatment, not everyone who has HIV progresses to AIDS.
Could I have HIV if I do not have any symptoms?
Yes, most people in early stages of HIV infection do not have any symptoms. Symptoms can include: Fever (this is the most common symptom), Swollen glands, Sore throat, Rash, Fatigue, Muscle and joint aches and pains, and Headache.
How is HIV spread, and how can I protect myself?
HIV is transmitted through bodily fluids including: Blood, Semen (cum), Pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum), Rectal fluids, Vaginal fluids, and Breast milk. These body fluids must come into contact with a mucous membrane or damaged tissue or be directly injected into your bloodstream (by a needle or syringe) for transmission to possibly occur. Mucous membranes are the soft, moist areas just inside the openings to your body. They can be found inside the rectum, the vagina or the opening of the penis, and the mouth.
Condoms are the only way to protect yourself from HIV and other STDs. If you want to stop using condoms with your partner, getting tested for HIV and other STDs first is the best way to protect yourself since your partner could be infected with HIV and not know it.
What is a rapid HIV test?
A Rapid HIV Test is done with a simple finger prick, and results are available in 15 minutes. It is a screening test that detects the presence of HIV antibodies in a person’s body by testing blood. The body’s immune system produces these antibodies when infected with HIV.
How often should I get tested for HIV?
Ideally, you should be tested every time you have a new sexual partner. Getting tested before sexual intercourse is a good way to protect both of you from potentially spreading HIV, or other STD’s, to each other without knowing.