June 27 Is National HIV Testing Day

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  • Why Late Testing Is Bad for Blacks
  • Why Don’t People Get Tested?
  • Types of HIV Tests
  • Getting Tested Once Isn’t Enough
  • What Happens If I Test Positive?
  • Take Advantage of National HIV Testing Day
  • Have You Been Tested for HIV?
  • Why You Need to Know Your Status
  • Not Enough Folks Are Getting Swabbed
  • Why HIV Testing is Important to African-Americans
  • That Means Straight Brothas’ Too!
  • There Are Many Testing Options
  • Testing Doesn’t Have to Be Scary
  • Who Should Get Tested?
  • Speak Up For Yourself

Types of HIV Tests

Nowadays, there are more options in HIV testing. You can get a rapid test, which is when they swab your mouth or take blood from your finger. Your results are ready in 30-60 minutes. You can also get a Western blot test, where they take your blood in a doctor’s office. Those results take longer than rapid testing. Plus, there is the at-home HIV testing kit. 


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