Getting the results
Traditional HIV testing will give you either an HIV negative or an HIV positive result.
If you get an HIV negative result, the doctor may chat with you about different ways to prevent HIV and the importance of regular testing. If you receive a negative result, you still need to take into account the window period, which refers to the amount of time it can take for HIV antibodies to show up in a test. For that reason, it's recommended that you get tested again between 6 weeks and 3 months.
If you get an HIV positive result, the doctor will chat with you in person and discuss what the results mean. They may want to discuss:
- How you feel about the result;
- What the treatment options are; and
- What supports you can access.
They may provide you with a referral to speak with someone about what you are going through. For support, you can always contact Thorne Harbour Health if you live in Victoria and SAMESH if you live in South Australia.