FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who should get tested for HIV?
You should get tested for HIV if you’ve ever…
· Had sex without a condom (anal, vaginal, or oral sex)
· Shared needles to inject drugs or other substances
· Had a blood transfusion before 1985
· Been born from a mother with HIV
· Been exposed to blood or sex fluids in other ways
How long do I have to wait for my test results?
The Rapid HIV Test gives your preliminary result in about 20 minutes. If you choose the oral swab test or blood test, you will usually get your result in 1-2 weeks. Ask your testing counselor when your result will be ready.
Is the Rapid Test, Oral Swab, or blood test more effective?
All these tests are about 99.9% accurate.
How much does it cost?
All HIV testing services on this page are free, unless otherwise noted. There are many programs (such as FamilyPACT) that help people pay for HIV testing and other health services. Call the agency to find out whether you qualify for free HIV testing and other health services through these programs.
Can I trust the staff providing the HIV test?
The staff providing HIV testing are trained and certified to collect the information needed for HIV testing. They are required to follow very strict guidelines to ensure that your information is kept confidential. They are also qualified to answer any questions you have about HIV/AIDS or help you decide how you can best protect yourself from HIV.
Why should I get tested for HIV?
Knowing your HIV status is one of the most important things you can do for your health. If your HIV test is negative (meaning you don’t have HIV), you can learn how to protect yourself and stay HIV-free. If your result is positive (meaning you do have HIV), you can get connected to services and treatment that can help keep you as healthy as possible. Plus, you can learn how to keep your partners from getting infected.
What if I have more questions?
Contact Sacramento County HIV/Communicable Disease Prevention Program, (916) 875-6022.