Please stay calm while waiting for the results. Generally, the HIV rapid screening test takes only 30 – 40 minutes. The results can be either positive or negative or false positive/negative. Once you get the results report, kindly consult your doctor to interpret the results.
The test results are negative if it is taken at the early stage of infection. So, your doctor may advise you to take another test after 2 or 3 months.
If the test result is positive, the doctor or healthcare provider will ask you to take it one more time to confirm the results. If the positive result is confirmed, consult your doctor, take medication and check the viral load at regular intervals to check whether the medication is working or there needs to be any change in the medication regimen.
Usually, the doctors will begin Antiretroviral therapy for the treatment of HIV. This will help for the reduction of the viral load in blood. Once it is below the detectable limit, it is safer to have intercourse with a partner with protection. There will be no risk of viral transmission to your partner when safety precautions are taken.