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The HIV Antibody Test

This test is often referred to as, 'the AIDS test'. In reality, however, this is an antibody test, not a test for the virus. The HIV test is available to anyone, so long as they give their consent to having it done.
Antibodies are produced in the blood by the immune system whenever someone has an infection. HIV antibodies are found in the blood of most individuals, but not all, who have been infected with the HIV virus. Small samples of blood are taken and then sent to the Ministry of Health's laboratory where they are tested for the presence of HIV antibodies. HIV tests are free in Canada; therefore an Ontario Health Insurance Program (OHIP) health card number is not required.