|Things to Consider|
When thinking about having a HIV there are a few things you need to consider:
Have I been at risk?
HIV can only be transmitted in certain ways. If you have not been at risk from HIV then it is recommended you do not take a HIV test as not only would it be an unnecessary waste of resources but it can also cause you undue stress.
Do I want this test on my medical record?
You may never have thought about your medical records before. Most of the time it does not matter to us what is on our medical records. Having a HIV test is different. Even though having a test is a responsible thing to do, because of the prejudice around HIV, going for a test can sometimes have unwanted consequences.
What if I get a negative result?
Receiving a negative result means no specific HIV antibodies have been found in your blood.
What if I get a positive result?
Receiving a positive result means specific HIV antibodies have been found in your blood. This means that you may be living with HIV and a second test will be done immediately in order to confirm that you are HIV positive.
All of your HIV health care will be free.
You don't have to tell anyone. Remember once you have told someone you cannot take it back. Hopefully as part of your preparation for getting the test you will have chosen someone to support you and they are someone you can trust. It is not necessary to tell even your sexual partner straight away. Take some time for yourself before telling anyone else.
Where would I like to get tested?
Once you have decided you want a HIV test then all you have to do is choose where to go. For more information about your options please go to our where to go? page.