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Waiting For HIV Antibody Test Results Print
Waiting for test results can be a confusing and emotional experience. Common experiences among people who are waiting for test results include: feelings of fear, anger, rage, sadness, nervousness, as well as bouts of crying, mood swings, nausea, stomach pains, vomiting, and loss of interest in sex, fainting and forgetting to do things.
During this period, it is important to remember that these changes probably happen due to the anxiety caused by waiting for results. Remember that if you experience these changes, it does not mean that you are HIV positive or that you have AIDS.
We recommend that you talk about your experience with someone you can trust. Usually, talking about it helps people to feel better. Please contact our counselors and let us help you.
Positive Test Results Print

Confirmed positive test results mean that the individual has been infected with HIV and can now transmit HIV to others through unsafe practices. Testing HIV+ does not mean that the individual has AIDS, or will develop AIDS. But, it is important to take action immediately, in order to stay healthy, both physically and emotionally.

Newly diagnosed individuals can visit a health care provider who is knowledgeable about HIV/AIDS to begin monitoring their health. Health care providers can help to make decisions about which treatment options to pursue.
Practicing safer sex all the time is very important for HIV positive individuals who must protect themselves and others from exposure to sexually transmitted diseases including HIV, herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, or Chlamydia, which can further weaken the immune system.

Contact us at APAA and let us help you with recommendations about how to deal with being newly diagnosed HIV+.

Negative Test Results Print

Negative test results mean that there are no HIV antibodies detectable in the blood. Consequently, negative test results mean that the individual who was tested has not been infected with HIV at the time of the test.
However, negative test results do not mean that the individual is immune from the virus or that the individual will not become infected at a later time.
Whether the test results are negative or positive, it is always recommended to avoid putting yourself at risk of exposure to HIV. Practice safer sex by using latex condoms every time. Practice safer needle use by using clean needles every time.