There are more options than ever to get tested for HIV!
Delaware residents can get a FREE HIV test to take at home, or wherever is convenient.
The Delaware Division of Public Health is working with local agencies to distribute FDA-approved self-tests at no cost as another option to in-person HIV testing.
It’s fast and easy. Just a swab of the mouth and 20 minutes later you have your results. Counseling is available before and after testing from the providing agency.
If you prefer to have an HIV test done by a healthcare provider, ask if the agency is offering in-person testing.
If my HIV test is negative...
Consider your ongoing HIV prevention strategy. This may include PrEP, a once-daily pill that is highly effective in protecting against HIV.
Talk with your healthcare provider about whether you should schedule a follow-up test. The “window” period when HIV antibodies are detected by a test can take up to 12 weeks after exposure.
If you think you have been exposed to HIV within the last 72 hours, PEP – post exposure prophylaxis – may be an option.
If my HIV test is positive...
A positive HIV self-test needs to be confirmed by a blood test in medical setting.
If the follow-up test is also positive, you will start daily antiretroviral medication to lower your viral load. While not a cure, it is possible to reduce the viral load to levels undetectable by lab tests.
When HIV is undetectable it cannot be passed to others through sex.
With ongoing treatment, you can live a healthy, normal lifespan.