HIV Testing Questions and Answers
Chai Urgent Care provides HIV testing in NY and NJ, and if you need the service, you may have some questions about it. We’d like to help answer those questions. Here are some of the more common questions about HIV, testing, and testing with us at our clinic! We serve patients from Brooklyn-Boro Park NY, Staten Island NY, Brooklyn-Williamsburg NY, South Fallsburg NY, Lakewood NJ, Jackson Township NJ, Brooklyn-Mill Basin NY, Bay Ridge NY, and Sunset Park NY.
Q: What is HIV?
A: HIV is the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS, a chronic and potentially life-threatening condition. HIV also damages the immune system which interferes with the body’s ability to fight infection and disease. The condition is a sexually transmitted infection (STI), but it can also be spread by contact with infected blood or from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding. The symptoms of HIV or AIDS vary a lot, depending on the phase of the infection. You can look up the symptoms online.
If you suspect you have HIV or AIDS, you should get tested right away, or if you’re planning on engaging in sexual activity and aren’t sure whether you or your partner may have it, you may want to inquire about getting screened. You can also speak with a doctor about prevention and protection. We can help with this at our clinic, and we can provide screening/testing.
Q: What is the best screening test for HIV?
A: HIV can be diagnosed with blood or saliva testing. There are antibody tests, antigen/antibody tests, and nucleic acid tests (NATs). The problem with the antibody tests is that they can take three to 12 weeks to become positive after you’re exposed to HIV. The combination antigen/antibody tests can take two to six weeks to become positive after exposure. Nucleic acid tests will be the first tests to become positive.
The best test for you will be the one the doctor you see recommends for you. If you’ve already been diagnosed with HIV, you may need to see a specialist about it, and Chai Urgent Care can refer you to one. There’s no cure for HIV or AIDS, but medication can slow progression and reduce symptoms and complications.
Q: Does urgent care offer HIV testing?
A: Yes, you can get tested for HIV at urgent care. It’s important to get tested, as if it’s left untreated, HIV can become AIDS, which means your immune system has been severely damaged. This, in turn, will make you more susceptible to infections and even cancers. Also, testing is the first step in preventing the spread of the infection to others.
One of the best things about urgent care is that testing and treatment can be provided on a walk-in basis with no appointment required. Results can be provided very quickly and discreetly too. Also, urgent care is very discreet about testing and treatment, as they are bound by HIPAA health information privacy rules. As an urgent care clinic, Chai Urgent Care is bound to these rules. We’re also very understanding and professional, and you can expect us to be so when you come see us!
Q: Can I get tested for HIV immediately?
A: You can, yes. You can come to Chai Urgent Care for immediate testing without the need for an appointment. We have multiple locations in NY and NJ, so please see our Locations page for our locations, their addresses, their hours of operation, and their contact information, then come see us or call us at the location in your area. Don’t hesitate to reach out or just come on by for immediate, discreet, and professional care here at Chai Urgent Care in NY or NJ.
We look forward to your visit with us soon!