HIV, Syphilis and Hepatitis
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages HIV testing, at least once, as a routine part of medical care if you're an adolescent or adult between the ages of 13 and 64. Younger teens should be tested if they have a high risk of an STI. The CDC advises yearly HIV testing if you are at high risk of infection.
Hepatitis C screening is recommended for everyone born between 1945 and 1965. The incidence of hepatitis C is high in this age group, and the disease often has no symptoms until it's advanced. Vaccines are available for both hepatitis A and B if screening shows you haven't been exposed to these viruses.
Request testing for HIV, syphilis and hepatitis if you:
Test positive for another STI, which puts you at greater risk of other STIs
Have had more than one sexual partner (or if your partner has had multiple partners) since your last test
Use intravenous (IV) drugs
Are a man who has sex with men
Are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant
Have been forced to have intercourse or engage in sexual activity against your will
The body can take up to three months to produce these antibodies. Most people will have enough antibodies to test positive within three to 12 weeks after contracting HIV. At 12 weeks, or three months, 97 percent of people have enough antibodies for an accurate test result.
If someone takes this test four weeks after exposure, a negative result may be accurate, but it’s best to test again after three months to be sure
How is the Test Performed?
This test requires a blood sample. A certified phlebotomist will collect the sample through a venous puncture. The test a quick and takes less than 1 minute to collect. Let your phlebotomist know if you have ever experienced any syncopy (passed out) when donating or giving blood.
How Are Results Reported to Me?
While most results are available within 2-3 days, results for HIV, Spyhilis, and Hepatitis can take upto 5-7 days. Your results will be sent to you using a secured HIPAA compliant email.
I Tested Positive. Now What?
Treatment for HIV, Syphilis, and Hepatitis typically require additional labs, medications, and routine follow ups. Our clinicians at Enroute Health can initiate treatment for syphilis, but it is recommended you seek medical care from an infectious disease specialist or your local health department.
To minimize disease transmission, persons being treated for HIV, Hepatitis, or Syphilis should abstain from sexual activity until discussing these results with their treating provider and notify their sexual partners. ALL PERSONS WHO RECEIVE A DIAGNOSIS OF HIV, Sphyilis, or Hepatitis SHOULD BE TESTED FOR OTHER STDs, Including Gonorrhea and Chlamydia.