HIV Antibody At a Glance
Also known as: AIDS test; AIDS screen; HIV serology
Formal name: Human immunodeficiency virus antibody
Why Get Tested?
To determine if you are infected with Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
When to Get Tested?
One month to three months after you think you may have been exposed to the virus; the average time for the antibody to be detected is two weeks after exposure to the virus
A blood sample collected from a vein in your arm; there are also tests available that can be performed on urine and/or oral fluid
Test Preparation Needed?