7. Sharing the Results
HIV tests may be anonymous or confidential.
Anonymous testing means only you will know the test result.
- When you take an anonymous HIV test, you get a unique identifier that allows you to get your test results.
- You can also buy an HIV self-test if you want to test anonymously.
Confidential testing means your test result will be part of your medical record.
- Your name and other personal information will be attached to your test results.
- The results will go in your medical record and may be shared with your health care provider and health insurance company.
- Otherwise, your results are protected by state and federal privacy laws, and they can only be released with your permission.
With confidential testing, if your test result is positive, the result and your name will be reported to the state or local health department to help public health officials estimate HIV rates in the state. The state health department will then remove all personal information about you (name, address, etc.) and share the remaining information with CDC. CDC does not share this information with anyone.
You should share your HIV status with your sex or needle-sharing partners. Whether you disclose your status to others is your decision.
Do you have questions or want to get tested for HIV? Contact HOPE Clinic at (205) 614-6171 or visit: whatleyhealth.org/hope/