What kind of Rapid HIV test does
Life Foundation provide?
Here at Life Foundation, a Rapid HIV test is a screening test that detects the presence of HIV antibodies in a person’s body by testing a blood specimen. When a person becomes infected with HIV, the body’s immune system produces specific antibodies as a result of that infection with HIV. Therefore, one would not have HIV antibodies if they are not infected with HIV.
The Rapid HIV test is a simple finger prick with results available in 15 minutes.
Important to remember:
The immune system usually takes 3 to 8 weeks to make antibodies against HIV. Sometimes it may take up to three months for this to happen. The period after infection but before the test becomes positive is called the window period.
Deciding when to get tested therefore depends on when you may have been exposed. You can ask your counselor at Life Foundation about the window period.
What do my results mean?
There are three types of results you could possibly receive from a Rapid HIV test:
A Preliminary Positive (reactive) Result: This means HIV antibodies were detected in your body. A confirmatory test will be given to eliminate the chance of a false positive result.
A Negative (non-reactive) Result: A negative result means that the test did not detect any HIV antibodies. Please reference the “Important to remember” section above
An Invalid Result: An invalid test result means there was a problem with the test itself either related to the test device. In this situation, another test would be administered.
What is a confidential test?
All HIV testing sessions are confidential. “Confidential” means we create a medical record . The record contains information such as your name, address, phone number and date of birth. HIV test results are a part of this record. Your record is protected by HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).
What if I test positive for HIV ?
There are many options for individuals who test positive for HIV. With the recent advancement in medical treatment, many individuals can live long, healthy, and productive lives while living with the virus. For those positive individuals, Life Foundation offers case management and support services to help navigate our clients’ health needs and other facets of their lives.