Rapid HIV and Hepatitis C Testing: Know the Facts

HIV is a virus that weakens your immune system, and can lead to AIDS. Over one million people in the United States are infected with HIV, and about 1 in 5 people with HIV do not even know they are infected. Hepatitis C is a virus that infects the liver. It is five times more common than HIV, with approximately 5 million people in the US infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV).

This video provides a general overview of HIV and HCV, as well as:

  • Information about modes of HIV and HCV transmission;
  • Why it is important to get tested for HIV and HCV, and who should be tested for HIV and HCV;
  • Explanation of the rapid HIV and HCV tests;
  • Explanation of the meaning of reactive and non-reactive rapid HIV and HCV test results;
  • Explanation of confirmatory testing procedures for persons with a reactive rapid HIV and HCV tests;
  • Brief overview of HIV and HCV care and treatment

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