This test determines if a person's blood has antibodies to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1).
This test determines if a person's blood has antibodies to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1). A few weeks after exposure to HIV the body makes antibodies to fight the infection. These antibodies remain in the blood, which makes this a useful test for determining if you have been infected with HIV.
A blood test is used to test for these antibodies. However, sometimes oral fluids (obtained by thoroughly swabbing the upper and lower gums) are also tested.
Your healthcare provider may order an HIV antibody test as a routine screening, if you are pregnant, or you are at increased risk for HIV. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that:
In an adult, the blood sample is taken from a vein in the arm.
This care path's costs do not include the charge to draw blood from a vein (venipuncture). There will only be one charge to draw blood, even if multiple tests are being performed on the samples that are taken.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?
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