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.