Category Archives: HIV Testing

The Condom Broke – Is HIV Testing Needed?

Q: I was wondering if someone needs to be tested for HIV if a condom broke. My best friend told me that the last time she had sex, the condom broke. Now, she is worried that she might have an STD or even HIV. Should she wait to be tested for HIV until a few […]

Best Test for HIV?

Q: I recently had a test done, but I want to be a hundred percent sure that my results are accurate. What is the best blood test for the HIV virus? A: There are multiple tests that can be used to test for HIV, and depending on your situation one test may be better than […]

Protection or Not, Testing is a Good Idea

Q: I have only been sexually active for about six months. There was one incident in which protection was not used. Should I seek testing for STDs? B. Case Tampa, FL A: If you have had unprotected sex it is a good idea to seek testing, even if you don’t show any noticeable symptoms. Many […]

When Is HIV Detectable in Blood?

Q: I had an HIV blood test done with my doctor a few weeks ago, and everything came back negative. I’ve been reading about window periods online and now I’m concerned that I tested too early. When is HIV detectable in the blood? A: Your doctor could have run a couple different types of tests, […]

Testing for HIV Before Intimacy

Q: My boyfriend and I are ready to take our relationship to the next level. Before we become intimate, we agreed that we needed to be tested for various STDs, including HIV. Can you tell me more about the best type of HIV testing you offer? G. Lloyd Chicago, IL A: It’s a very responsible […]

When can HIV be Detected?

Q: How soon after contracting HIV can it be detected? A: HIV can be detected through blood with various tests. The traditional HIV antibody test will provide reliable results 6 weeks after a potential exposure, and is considered conclusive 12 weeks after the exposure. 6-12 weeks can be a long time to wait, especially if […]

Scared of Contracting HIV

Q: I just found out that someone I had sex with several months ago has been diagnosed with HIV. I’m very scared right now. What are the chances that I contracted this virus? Do I need to be tested even though we used a condom? Will I need to be tested for the rest of […]

Scared to Get an HIV Test

Q: I just found out that my boyfriend cheated on me with someone who has HIV. I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend several times before finding this out. I’m really scared that I might have HIV. I know I need an HIV test – but I’m scared. Please tell me what to expect. Name […]

Is Testing Quality Good and Will My Privacy be Protected?

Q: I am concerned with a possible recent exposure to HIV. I don’t want to go to my regular doctor for testing. If I choose to get tested with About My Health, can you tell me about your testing method, as far as the quality of the testing, as well as protecting my privacy? O. […]

What to Expect with the HIV Antibody Test

Q: I am thinking about getting tested for HIV. Although I have always practiced safe sex, I’ve heard that it is still a good idea to be tested. I’ve done a little bit of research and would like to know more about the HIV antibody test. What can you tell me about this type of […]