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Getting Plucky About HIV Testing- Part II

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It is always a prudent policy to be safe than sorry. One can get checked for possible infection at several places like the doctor’s clinics, offices, designed parenting centres, hospitals and laboratory testing centres. In most places, one would need to book an appointment prior to getting tested while others permit walking straight in for the tests.

In these testing centres, a detailed questionnaire regarding the sexual or drug past among other factors are delved into. Though the testing process is quite generalised, but it could differ is certain crucial means.

  • Blood testing or oral swab testing: One need not get a needle piercing  for testing of HIV as simply a puncture on the finger is good enough to draw blood. In other tests, a saliva sample is drawn with the aid of wad brushed in the interiors of the mouth.
  • In some centres, the results are given after many days while others give the outcome of the result within half an hour. In certain prompt testing methods, the results are out in an instant. If the result is affirmative, a second test is undertaken to corroborate the first finding that could take few days. At a centre, if the results are been given after many days, the second test has already been done.
  • One can make a choice between discretion and ambiguity. During the confidentiality testing, the outcomes are displayed in one’s medical documentation and would be common knowledge to one’s health care giver and insurance provider. If the payment of the insurance billing is being done by someone else, then that person who is footing the bill would come to know that a particular laboratory test has been taken.

In anonymous testing, the outcome is only provided to the person who has done the testing. Several public health centres among several other places carry out these anonymous testing for free.

If secrecy is the major concern, there is the FDA –approved Home Access test that is locally available in majority drug shops that requires the blood sample to be mailed to the laboratory of the Home Access Corporation. FDA has maintained caution about the reliability of these swift home testing methods available on the Internet.

The outcomes of the tests are many times informed on phone while others request one for a visit if it is affirmative, while several clinics request one to visit anyways despite what the result is. If outcome is positive, there are several advice and guidance facilities within the testing centres to deal with the turmoil experienced. Most HIV infected can adequately cope with a day’s treatment that involved ways to managing the disease.

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