Home-testing for HIV is becoming increasingly popular, especially as the technology improves to provide more accurate test results. Many people may feel more comfortable taking a home test, and if these tests can help urge people to test for HIV when they otherwise would not, it’s a definite “win” for the community!
However, the rapid HIV testing offered by UNM Truman does have a few definite advantages over a home test:
- Our testing is free! You don’t have to pay for the test like you would if you ordered online or picked it up at a drugstore.
- Our testing is 100% confidential. We won’t share your information or results with anyone, and there’s no risk of running into someone you know at the drugstore or having an awkward conversation with your postman.
- Our facility testing is performed by professionals with years of experience in administering these tests. You don’t have to worry about whether the test is performed correctly or question how to read the results.
Most importantly: Our facility is part of a network of healthcare providers and professionals who can provide information, support, and health services if necessary. Everyone hopes for a negative HIV test result – but if the results do come back positive, we’ll be here for you. You won’t have to go through it alone.