photo top ED HIV Test Guide . org corner
HIV Testing in Emergency Departments: A Practical Guide
spacer spacer spacer

Choosing a Test

What to consider when choosing what HIV test to use?

Today a number of new HIV testing technologies are available that use less-invasive specimens—such as whole blood from a finger stick or saliva from an oral swab—and that provide rapid results. 

Laboratory directors, with input from clinical staff, are responsible for choosing which HIV test will be used in a facility. They will evaluate the performance, quality assurance requirements, and cost of various tests and will evaluate the tradeoffs of using traditional tests or rapid tests as well as performing tests in the laboratory or at the point of care.  The following pages offer some general information on HIV tests and direct readers to useful resources to help guide their test selection.

<< Prev Page  |  Next Page >>


Keep Posted!
Sign up if you would like us to keep you informed regarding updates to the HIV Guide and this web site. We will not share your information with anyone.

HRET (in partnership with AHA)

This guide was made possible through a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR), award number TS-0990;
its contents are the responsibility of HRET and do not necessarily reflect the official views of the CDC or APTR.

This website contains links to sites that are not owned or maintained by the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) or the American
Hospital Association (AHA). HRET and AHA are not responsible for the content of linked sites and the views expressed on non-HRET/AHA
linked sites do not necessarily reflect the views of the Health Research and Educational Trust or the American Hospital Association.