The HIV test

To find out if you have an HIV infection you may want to take an HIV test. A standard antibody test checks for antibodies – proteins your body makes in response to having HIV. If you have these antibodies, you are considered to be HIV-positive. That means you have HIV, the virus that causes Aids.

You can take this test at your general practitioner (fastlege) or at a public health clinic. You can find a list of clinics in the larger Norwegian towns by clicking here.

The waiting time for the result of the test is usually 10 to 14 days. If your result comes back positive, a second test to confirm the result will be taken. For some, taking another test eases their doubts about the result. However, labs normally test your blood two different ways to confirm a positive result. So, when you get a positive test result, your blood or saliva has already been tested twice.

You can only be tested if you agree to it. Nobody can test you for HIV without your consent.

Am I infected? Further reading: A Complete Guide to Testing for HIV

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