State of Florida Department of Health
CONFIDENTIAL HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS (HIV)TEST
HIV testing is a process that uses FDA-approved tests to detect the presence of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS and to see how HIV is Affecting your body. The most common type of HIV test detects antibodies produced by the body after HIV infection. Test results are Highly reliable but a negative test does not guarantee that you are healthy. Generally, It can take up to three months for HIV antibodies to develop. This is called the “Window period". During this time, you can test negative to HIV even though the virus is in your body and you can give it to others. A positive antibody HIV test means that you are infected with HIV and can also give it to other seven when you feel healthy Other tests can detect the presence of virus in your blood, measure the T-cells in your blood, or see if the virus is susceptible to HIV/AIDS medications.
Some of these tests may require a second specimen to be obtained for further testing. Generally, test results will be available in about
2 weeks. If you consent by filling out and signing this form a specimen will be taken and you will be tested.If a Rapid HIV test is used, results will be available the same day. If the rapid test detects HIV antibodies, it is very likely that you are infected with the virus, but this result will be confirmed.
You will be asked to submit a second specimen for further testing. The results from this confirmatory test will be available to you in about 2 weeks.
If you test positive, the local health department will contact you to help with counseling, treatment, case management and other services if you need them and want them. You will be asked about sex and/or needle-sharing partners, and voluntary partner counseling and referral services(PCRS) will be offered to you. The HIV test result will become part of your confidential medical record. If you are pregnant, become pregnant, the test results will become part of your baby’s medical record.
Finding HIV infection early can be important to your treatment, which along with proper precautions, helps prevent the
spread of the disease. If you are pregnant, there is a treatment available to help prevent your baby from getting HIV. If you have any questions, please ask your counselor, physician, or call the Florida AIDS hotline (1800—FLA-AIDS or1800-352-2437) before signing this form.
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