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How to Get Tested for HIV

Learn how to get HIV testing from sexpert Jane Bogart in this Howcast video.

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Lets talk about getting tested for HIV, There are basically two tests for HIV there's a blood test and a swab test, the first way is the more traditional HIV test its called the Western blood test and that you usually have after three months of an exposure, an exposure means any time that you might have been exposed to HIV, another way to tell is to test blood test after around 28 days of an exposure and you can tell from that the viral load how much of the blood is actually in your system, the difference between those two tests however are that the viral load test is often more expensive not performed as often and really use people who have high risk of exposure, the Western blood test is very inexpensive you can often get it for free, the oral swab test is where they take use a sort of cute tip that has a little more abrasiveness to it and they take cells from your cheek and they send those to a lab and you will get results from that, there is other basic tests for HIV you can get tested usually at some sort of family clinic a doctor can do a HIV blood test, sometimes they have free HIV tests available through them that go around the communities and you can probably find one of those in your neighborhood or you can get home access express which is an online test, first you order it comes to your house, you do he testing for yourself and then you send it in and call for your results, if you feel like you have been exposed and you are fearful that you might have been infected the only way to know is to get tested.

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