Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Test
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Your results will NOT be shared with anyone, for any reason.
Adventist HealthCare Fort Washington Medical Center aims to improve the care of patients living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Prince George’s County, Maryland and our surrounding communities. We provide a private, safe, and effective way of testing.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that can lead to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) if not treated. Unlike some other viruses, the human body is unable to get rid of HIV completely, even with treatment, but with early detection and proper medical care, HIV can be controlled. Today, someone diagnosed with HIV and treated before the disease is far advanced can live nearly as long as someone who does not have HIV.
Am I At Risk of HIV?
You are at elevated risk for HIV if you answer yes to any of the following questions:
- Have you had sex with an HIV-positive partner?
- Have you had unprotected sex with more than one partner since your last HIV test?
- Have you shared needles or objects to inject drugs?
- Have you exchanged sex for drugs or money?
- Have you had any other sexually transmitted infection, such as hepatitis, or tuberculosis?
- Has it been more than 6 months since your last HIV test?
How Can I Get Tested for HIV?
It's our goal to reduce the number of undiagnosed individuals; decrease the number of people undiagnosed late; and provide recommendations for access to care and treatment.
When you visit the emergency department at Fort Washington Medical Center, you can elect to be tested. Alternately, patients can simply walk-in and ask to be tested.
Get Tested. Stay Tested.
It can take a couple of weeks – and in rare cases up to several months – to detect HIV after infection. This is called the "window period." Although your initial results may be negative, retesting in 1 to 3 months is highly recommended. Remember, testing negative for HIV does not mean you are immune to the virus. Continue protecting yourself and get tested every 6 months or annually.
Primary HIV infection
- 0 to 2 Weeks - Window Period: Undetectable but infectious
- 3 Months - Many people develop antibodies during this period: HIV may be detectable during this period
- 6 Months - Antibodies can be detected: Connect to care, start and adhere to treatment
What Can I Expect After I’m Tested for HIV?
Following your HIV test at Fort Washington Medical Center, you can expect:
- Test results typically take up 72 hours or in some cases, 3 days after testing.
- If your results are ABNORMAL, you will be contacted to schedule a meeting to discuss your results.
- If you are contacted, DO NOT PANIC. A member of our team will assist you every step of the way. Additionally, initial results may vary, which is why secondary testing is encouraged.
- You can always call 301-203-2000, Monday-Friday (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) and ask for a Nurse Navigator, .
- Be advised, your test results will not be discussed over the phone. However, you will be instructed on what to do next.
- If you are unable to reach a Nurse Navigator, please leave a message. Be sure to include: name, date you were tested, telephone number, and the best time to reach you.