HIV - Frequently Asked Questions

What you should know about HIV

No, the evidence shows that HIV is transmitted through the exchange of body fluids such as blood, semen, and vaginal fluids, but not through saliva. Although HIV can be found in saliva, it cannot be passed on to other people by kissing due to a combination of antibodies and enzymes found naturally in saliva prevents HIV from infecting new cells.
The likelihood of contracting HIV through oral sex, which means your partner's mouth rests on your genitals, is very small compared to unprotected vaginal or anal intercourse, but it's not easy to gauge the real risk. Oral sex also has vaginal or anal sex. It is difficult to determine each factor on your own. It is believed that giving oral sex is riskier than receiving it. This is because you may have small cuts or sores in your mouth even if you are not aware of them. There is also the risk that liquids can get into the partner's mouth and throat.
After exposure to HIV, it can take from 3 to 12 weeks (21-84 days) for an infected person’s body to make enough antibodies for a screening test to detect them. This is called the window period.
Rapid HIV tests can give results in 15 to 60 minutes or on the same day. When specimens are sent to another laboratory, results can take a few days to a few weeks. The INSTI HIV Self Test is capable of providing test results in as little as 60 seconds.
If you got a positive result on the INSTI HIV self-test, go to your doctor or the nearest testing center for a confirmatory test. Remember that any HIV self-test is just a screening test, not a conclusive diagnosis. Confirmatory tests should be coordinated with your doctor.
This means that the test did not reveal any evidence of HIV infection. You can be sure that you do not have HIV and that you are HIV negative as long as you have not been recently exposed to HIV during the test window in the month before the exam.


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