Frequently asked HIV questions
Which HIV tests do you provide?
We work with labs in Stockton that offer both the HIV antibody test and the early detection HIV RNA.
What is the testing procedure?
We've made it easy to get tested. First, order your test, either online or over the phone. Then, come into a lab when you're ready, and get tested. You don't even need an appointment.
How do I know if I'm at risk for HIV? Should I get tested?
People who have engaged in activities that involve the transfer of bodily fluids like semen, blood, or breast milk, with partners who have HIV or may have HIV, are at risk for contracting HIV. If you feel like you have been exposed to HIV, you should immediately get tested. Getting tested allows you and your doctor to analyze the results together and determine the appropriate course of action for you.
I believe that I was recently exposed to HIV or an STD. When should I get tested?
There are two ways to screen for HIV: the HIV Antibody Test and the Early Detection Test. Each method has a different testing window.
The most common type of HIV testing is the HIV Antibody Test, which is a blood test that screens for antibodies to HIV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the average time it takes for detectable HIV antibodies to develop is 25 days. In some cases, it may take longer. If you get tested within the first 3 months after exposure and if there are not enough antibodies to detect, you may get a "false negative" result. We recommend getting re-tested after 3 months to get the most accurate results.
The Early Detection test makes it possible to detect HIV as soon as 6 days after exposure. However, our doctors recommend using the Early Detection Test a full 2 weeks after exposure to get the most accurate results. If the test is positive, the results should be confirmed by a re-test.
If you are certain that you have been exposed to HIV or Heptatitis B in the last 72 hours, please go to an emergency room or an urgent care clinic immediately to get preventive treatment.
How should I prepare for a test?
No. You do not need to prepare for HIV testing. Fasting is not required.
How quickly will I get my test results?
Usually, test results are ready within 3 business days, sometimes sooner.
How will I get my results?
When your results become available, we will send you an email with secure login information. You may use this information to view your results online.
What should I do after I get my results?
If you test positive, one of our doctors or members of our clinical group will be available to talk to you about your results over the phone. After discussion, our doctor will help you in arranging a visit with a HIV specialist in your area who can provide with further treatment and next steps. This phone consultation with our doctor is included in our services at no extra cost to you.