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FAQ

 

What's involved in HIV Testing?

A physician must order a blood test to detect antibodies to HIV. Testing is not advised until 3 months after the last possible exposure to the virus, as it can take that long for antibodies to develop.





There are 3 different ways of having the blood test:

  • nominally, where your name is used on the lab requisition

  • non-nominally, where your initials are used

  • anonymously, where you receive a code number, and your name is never used during the test. Your health card is NOT required.




Why should you have an anonymous HIV/AIDS test?

  • no Health Cards required

  • only a first name is used

  • your address is not needed

  • you receive counselling before and after the test

  • only you will get the results

  • no record will appear in your regular medical chart.

Anonymous testing can only be done at specific anonymous test sites (not at a family doctor's office where you need to use your Health Card.) Call Health Action Line for the clinic location nearest you.




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