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How to prepare for an HIV test?

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:

  • Choose a time and place when you won’t be disturbed.
  • If you are nervous about taking the test, ask a close friend or family member to be with you while you take the test.
  • Read the instructions carefully before taking the test.
  • Right before taking the test, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.
  • If taking a saliva test, gargle gently with warm water.

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.

Knowledge is power — learn your HIV status reliably with our at-home rapid HIV tests. Delivery takes under 24h for most European countries.

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