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 Withheld

Boston, MA

A: It is important that you seek testing, but it is also important to maintain your composure.

An exposure to HIV does not always constitute successful transmission. In fact, HIV is more difficult to contract than a lot of people tend to think. There is a good chance that your boyfriend did not acquire the virus, even though he was exposed. There is also a very good chance that you do not have HIV.

You’re right – you do need an HIV test. Testing can be sought out in various ways, including through your own physician or through the local health department. Our testing process is private and discreet. Simply contact us to schedule testing at a convenient location, submit a blood sample, and receive results. You may even be able to get collected on the same day you call.

The collection itself is an easy process. The technician will take a blood sample. It is no different than any other blood draws you have had in the past. You can have your results back as early as the next day. We will discuss any questions or concerns you have about your test or the results. We want to make sure you get the answers you are looking for.