If you suspect that you might be HIV positive because of recurring symptoms, get tested immediately. You can search online for the HIV testing clinic nearest you. Most medical clinics and hospitals also offer HIV testing. Government HIV testing facilities do not charge any fees.
Here are three ways to test for HIV:
- Rapid HIV test is also known as antibody test. It is done by collecting fingerstick blood samples which generate results in minutes. It is called an antibody test because it looks for antibodies in your blood.
- Combination HIV test, also called the fourth-generation test, looks for both antibodies and antigens in your blood.
- The nucleic acid test (NAT), otherwise known as a viral load test, is administered only to confirm those who have tested positive from either rapid or combination tests.