The OraQuick HIV Rapid Antibody Test looks for HIV antibodies and the OraQuick Hepatitis C Rapid Antibody Test looks for Hepatitis C antibodies. Antibodies are produced by your immune system when you’re exposed to viruses like HIV or Hepatitis C.

If someone is infected with HIV or Hepatitis C, their body will produce enough antibodies to be detected by the OraQuick Test in about 3 months. In some people it can be as quick as 2 weeks and most people by 6 months after a new infection.

The testing procedure for HIV involves swabbing your mouth for an oral fluid sample and for Hepatitis C a finger poke for a blood sample and using a kit to test it. Results are available in 20 minutes. Your test counselor can talk to you about actions you can take to prevent HIV or Hepatitis C infections.

Know the risk

Only certain body fluids can transmit HIV: blood, semen (cum), pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum), rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, and breast milk. These fluids must come in contact with a mucous membrane or damaged tissue or be directly injected into the bloodstream (from a needle or syringe) for transmission to occur. Mucous membranes are found inside the rectum, vagina, penis, and mouth.

Only certain body fluids can transmit Hepatitis C: blood or body fluids that contain blood. Possible exposures include: Injection drug use, receipt of donated blood, blood products, and organs, needlestick injuries in health care settings, and from birthing parent to baby during birth. Rarely, Hepatitis C can also be spread through: Sex with someone living with Hepatitis C, sharing personal items contaminated with blood, such as razors or toothbrushes, and unregulated tattooing or piercing.

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