Confidential HIV antibody testing is available at the Brady Health Center during usual operating hours. Appointments can be made by calling 301-687-4310. The $15.00 visit fee is charged but there are no lab fees. Testing is done by obtaining a blood sample which is sent to the Maryland State Lab for processing. Results are usually available within one week of testing.
HIV testing (confidential or anonymous) is available at the Allegany County Health Department. There is no charge and appointments can be made by calling 301-759-5085.
HIV Testing Methods
Several options are available for people who want to be tested for HIV
- Trained health professional collects a sample and test is run in a professional medical/laboratory setting. You receive results from the trained health professional (available as noted above at the Brady Health Center and Allegany County Health Department).
- You collect a sample in-home and forward the sample to a medical laboratory. Trained health professional runs the test in a medical laboratory. An example of this type of testing would be the Home Access HIV-1 Test. Kits may be purchased online for $44.00 or are also available over the counter at Walmart and pharmacies. Testing is anonymous and a help line is available. Results are available seven days after the sample has arrived at the lab.
- You collect the sample, run the test and obtain your results in your own home. The OraQuick In-Home HIV-1 Test was just approved in July 2012 and will be available online and in stores as Walmart, Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid in October 2012. For additional information, visit their website or see the package insert.
When deciding what type of test to use, several factors should be considered
- Accuracy of the test would you be infected with HIV (test sensitivity) or not infected with HIV (test specificity)
- Need for additional testing to confirm a positive result
- type of sample needed (blood, oral fluid)
- time it takes to get results
- how results are received
Additional information on HIV testing is available at the Centers for Disease Control