Taking a Home HIV Test

Take an at-home test for HIV in the privacy of your own home. Learn how to take an HIV test at home in this free health video on the human immunodeficiency virus from a certified medical assistant.

Series Summary

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a condition in humans in which the immune system begins to fail, leading to life-threatening opportunistic infections. Infection with HIV occurs by the transfer of blood, semen, vaginal fluid, pre-ejaculate, or breast milk. Within these bodily fluids, HIV is present as both free virus particles and virus within infected immune cells. The four major routes of transmission are unprotected sexual intercourse, contaminated needles, breast milk, and transmission from an infected mother to her baby at birth.

While nothing can substitute for speaking to a physician and having a test done by professionals for HIV, there are ways to test for HIV within the privacy of your own home. In this free video series, a certified medical assistant will teach you how to take a home HIV test and how to get the results. You'll learn about HIV and AIDS, the advantages of home tests, and what type of test to take. Next, you'll discover how to prepare to take a home HIV test, how to draw and collect blood, and how to ship off the sample to a lab. Once the lab determines the results, there will be a phone number to call to hear the results which will determine the next course of action. Even if you don't suspect anything, it's always good to be safe and get tested anyway!

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