HIV Antibody Test

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Also known as: AIDS test; AIDS screen; HIV serology
Formal name: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) antibody test

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To determine if you are infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

When to Get Tested?

Three or four weeks after you think you may have been exposed to the virus; once a year if you are at risk of being exposed to the virus; when you doctor thinks your symptoms may be due to HIV; before becoming pregnant or during pregnancy

Sample Required?

A blood sample collected from a vein in your arm; the test can also be performed on urine or saliva (spit)

Test Preparation Needed?

None