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ny state dept. of health
      #13237 - 12/05/00 08:36 PM

Meaning of HIV Test Results:

o A negative result on the HIV antibody test most likely means that you are not infected with HIV, but it may not show recent infection. If you think you have been exposed to HIV, you should take the test again three months after the last possible exposure.

o A positive result on the test means that you are infected with HIV and can infect others.

o Sometimes the HIV antibody test result is not clearly positive or negative, or may be a preliminary result. Your provider or counselor will explain this result, and may ask that you give your consent for further testing.

Confidential or Anonymous HIV Testing:

When you decide to have an HIV antibody test, you may choose either a confidential or an anonymous test.

o If you want your test result to become part of your medical record so it can be used for your medical care, you can have a confidential test done. A confidential test requires that you provide your name.

o If you do not want anyone to know your test results or that you were tested, you can have an anonymous test at an anonymous test site. You will not be asked your name, address or any other identifying information.

o If you receive an HIV positive test result at an anonymous test site approved by the NYS Department of Health, you will have the option of changing your test result to confidential by attaching your name to the test result. This will allow your test result to become part of your medical record.

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      #13241 - 12/05/00 09:14 PM

Good Post. Keep posting good information like this. It's good for the board.

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