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Anonymous on November 8, 2011

Where can I get HIV tested?

I want to get screened for HIV. I don’t think I have it, but you never know, right? Where can I get HIV tested, just to be sure?

answered by Lisa Oldson, MD on November 8, 2011

You’ve asked a great question. And I’m glad you’re taking the initiative to get tested for HIV. What’s more, you have many options for where you can test for HIV…

If you’d like, you can get tested for HIV through our confidential online testing clinic. We make HIV testing simple with our online and phone services. Whether you’d like to arrange for testing through the website, or by talking with one of our trained care advisors, we’re here to help.

When you test with us, we’ll find a local lab near you that will take a blood sample for the HIV test (and, if you choose, other STD tests). When your test results are ready (typically in 3-5 business days), we’ll send you a confidential email and you’ll be able to access your results through our private and secure online portal. And if you do happen to have a positive HIV test result, don’t despair. Our doctors are available to offer you guidance and care referrals for your next steps.

We know that testing is a personal decision, so if online HIV testing isn’t right for you, there are other options available. For example, most doctor’s offices and hospitals provide HIV testing. As well, local county health departments and local sexual health clinics commonly offer HIV screening.

Although you have many options for HIV testing to choose from, the most important decision is to get tested. Why? The CDC estimates that about 20% of people who are infected with HIV aren’t aware of it it. But thankfully getting screened for HIV can help those who aren’t yet aware of their infection take better care of their health. With a doctor’s help, people with HIV can begin treatment at the right time and reduce the damage HIV could do to the body.

Thanks for your great question. If you’d like to learn more about our HIV testing process, you can check out our HIV + STD Testing Guide.

Lisa Oldson, MD

Dr. Oldson is Medical Director of the Analyte Physicians Group. She is on staff at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, as well as Clinical Instructor at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. Her areas of expertise include STDs (with a particular clinical emphasis on herpes), women's health, preventive medicine, diabetes, obesity and weight management, and mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Oldson was educated at Rush Medical College and completed her residency at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, IL.

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