We know people who are considering an HIV test or waiting for test results experience a wide range of thoughts and emotions around the anxiety associated with testing positive and what that might mean.Take a deep breath.If you can’t share this with a friend you can contact one of our staff team to talk about your situation, we won’t even ask your name.We might even be able to alleviate some of your concerns.If you would like more information on how HIV is transmitted and risk check out our section on safer sex, safer drug use and safer tattooing & piercing.
If your test comes back negative, it is also a good time to discuss testing for other sexually transmitted infections and ways to reduce or eliminate risk in the future with your healthcare provider. If this isn’t feasible, feel free to give us a call or one of our partner agencies.
If your test comes back positive for HIV, you can talk with your healthcare provider about how to cope with the news, where in the community you can find support, and how to keep yourself healthy.You can also set up an appointment to come in and see us or another organization in Nova Scotia.
Getting tested is the only way to know your HIV status or that of any other STI or HCV. Once you know your status, you can take the necessary steps to keep yourself, and your partner(s) healthy.
AVERTing HIV and AIDS. AVERT is a UK-based webpage that offers extensive information on the types of HIV testing and testing options.