An HIV test requires only mental preparation. Waiting for the results for even the 15-30 minutes that most tests require can be grueling if there is any suspicion of infection; even more taxing on the psyche can be the several days that laboratories often require to process the results.
After setting an intention to take the test, it’s advised to practice mindful activities or to indulge in distractions that would keep the mind from wandering into dangerous rumination. Remember that you don’t know until you know, and that it’s always better to know than to not know.
If you are taking an at-home HIV test, we recommend you follow these steps:
Most importantly, keep in mind that, even if your result comes back positive, with modern medications, HIV can be managed even to the point of undetectability, allowing you to live a full, happy, normal life.
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