Positive Vibes

KNOW YOUR STATUS

HIV TESTING

HIV testing shows whether a person has HIV or not. Testing can detect an HIV infection, but it cannot tell how long a person has had HIV or if the person has AIDS.

HIV-negative test result

Testing shows that you do not have HIV. Continue taking steps to avoid getting HIV, such as using condoms during sex, and if you are at high risk of getting HIV consider taking PrEP to prevent an HIV infection.

However, a negative test result may not always be accurate, especially if you have taken an antibody test within the 12-week window period. If you are unsure, schedule a follow-up test to verify the results

HIV-positive test result

Testing shows that you do have HIV, it is important not to panic. All positive test results must be confirmed by a healthcare provider. These days HIV is manageable, and many people who are HIV-positive, live long and healthy lives.

Begin by talking to your healthcare provider who understands how to treat HIV. Treatment is recommended for all people who are HIV-positive, and treatment should start as soon as possible.