Dr. Flash walks you through the different HIV tests available.
There are several different types of HIV tests, but the two most common types are blood tests and oral swab tests. HIV blood tests may be a finger stick or a draw from the inner arm. Oral HIV tests use a swab to collect cells from inside the mouth.
Rapid tests can provide results in 20 minutes or as fast as a minute depending on the test. Many places offer free or low cost testing.
If you have a preference, ask your healthcare provider. At-home HIV test kits are also available for sale in many drug stores.
#AskTheHIVDoc is a video series from Greater Than AIDS featuring top HIV doctors providing answers to commonly-asked questions about HIV prevention, testing and treatment.
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