Scared To Take Hiv Test

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Help! Feeling alone and scared regarding HIV testing...

I've been divorced for almost two years and have had several partners within that time frame. So, I decided to do the smart thing (for once in my life) and request a blood test for HIV and all other STDs.Now I am awaiting the results of my tests and...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
You will be best served by posting your question in the HIV forum.However, the tests that are used include the HIV antibody test which tells us if you have been exosed to the virus or not. The HIV RNA test detects if virus is present in your blood,... Read more »


Dr. Bob,My wife is preganant with our first child. She has had multiple preganancies before, even... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Congo: Fearing Rejection, Pregnant Women Avoid HIV Tests

...Pregnant women in the Republic of Congo are often hesitant to be tested for HIV because of the stigma associated with AIDS and the fear of being rejected by their husbands and families, experts say. "The women are threatened by their husbands,"... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Stigma, Fear Hampers HIV Testing, Treatment in Sierra Leone the country, according to PlusNews . Although all district hospitals and multiple sites in the capital, Freetown, provide HIV tests at no cost, the "concept of voluntarily discovering one's HIV status is largely alien," and most people are... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Arkansas: Fear Causes Risky Delay in HIV Tests, Experts Say

... Early HIV testing took top billing among a variety of awareness initiatives in Arkansas on World AIDS Day. The state has experienced more HIV Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Canada: Syringe-Scare Tests Come Back Positive; HIV, Hepatitis Found in Patients, But Not Linked to Problem Procedure

Health officials say there is no evidence that a small number of former patients who tested positive for hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV contracted the infections from syringes improperly reused by health workers at High Prairie Health Complex. ... Read more »