At SHCS, students can get tested for HIV through blood draw in the laboratory. This test requires an appointment with a medical provider who requests the lab test. The cost is $18.25 for students who are not eligible for FamilyPACT. There is no cost for students who are eliglble for FamilyPACT.
An HIV tests check for antibodies that the body produces once someone is infected with HIV. If the test detects HIV antibodies, a person may be infected with HIV. If antibodies are not present, a person is likely not infected with HIV.
The time period between HIV exposure and a positive test is called the “window period.” During this time a person could test negative for HIV but still be infected with HIV and be able to transmit the virus to others. It can take as long as three to six months for the body to develop enough antibodies to be detectable on a test. Therefore, it is important to get tested (or re-tested) after a sufficient period of time has passed to know for sure.
The CDC recommends that all adults get tested for HIV at least once. Depending on ongoing risk, regular testing is recommended. The following behaviors can put someone at risk for HIV infection.
If you answered yes to any of these risk factors we encourage you to consider an HIV test, whether it is your first test or repeat test.