HOW MUCH DOES HIV TESTING COST?
Many of the testing sites, including all county sites, offer free testing. Some private testing sites charge from $10 to $40. HOW SOON AFTER EXPOSURE TO HIV SHOULD YOU BE TESTED TO GET ACCURATE RESULTS ? The CDC recommends waiting three to six months before testing since that’s how long it takes most people to develop antibodies, which is how HIV infection is detected. However, many doctors prefer immediate testing after exposure, with repeated testing one, two, three and six months after exposure. WHAT IF THE TEST RESULTS ARE POSITIVE? You will be referred to HIV specialists for counseling and further medical testing. There are many drugs available to treat HIV infection, which may help maintain your health. The county Health and Human Service Agency offers a list of support groups (phone number and Web site listed above).