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HIV Specific Consent

Specific information about HIV and HIV testing

The Test Package includes a test for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Please read below for further information on HIV and HIV testing.

What is HIV and how is it transmitted?

HIV is the virus that causes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). It passes from a person with HIV infection to an uninfected person during unprotected sex (vaginal or anal sex without a condom). HIV also passes between persons through contact with blood when sharing needles (for example, piercing, tattooing, or injecting drugs of any kind). HIV can pass from a pregnant woman to a fetus during pregnancy or birth. A mother may also pass HIV to her infant when breastfeeding.

What is an HIV test?

Tests for HIV usually measure HIV antibodies and/or antigens, substances your body makes if you have an HIV infection. The test will be performed by withdrawing a sample of blood and testing for the HIV antibodies. As part of the testing process, you may participate in pre-test and/or post-test counseling, depending on the requirements of your state. Additionally, if you test positive, you may be asked by a relevant state health department about your sexual or needle-sharing partners and these individuals may be contacted to alert them that they may be at risk for contracting HIV, if required by applicable state law. We will never ask these questions.

A positive test result means that you have an HIV infection and that you can pass it to others. In rare instances, a test result may indicate that a person has antibodies to the virus when the person does not have the antibodies (a false positive).

A negative test result means you do not have HIV infection unless, in rare instances, you were exposed to HIV so recently that an HIV test cannot detect it.

Why is an HIV test important for me?

HIV testing is a routine part of healthcare. About one out of five persons living with HIV do not know they have HIV infection. Because they are not aware of this, they are not getting early treatment which can help keep them healthy. They may also be passing HIV to others without knowing it. If you test negative for HIV, it is important to continue routine testing to ensure that you have remained uninfected.

It is important for you to know whether or not you are infected because, if you have an infection, you can obtain important medical care. Although HIV treatment is not curative, you can take HIV medications that can help increase the quality of your life and prevent complications from HIV infection. Treatment for HIV is effective, has few or no side effects, and is easy to take.

Detecting an HIV infection prior to conception is also important. Pregnant women with HIV infection are much less likely to pass HIV to their fetus during pregnancy or birth when they are receiving HIV medication.

How can I reduce my risk?

Not sharing needles and practicing safer sex will help protect against HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). You can reduce your risk, and partners can keep each other safe by knowing their HIV status and getting HIV treatment or taking HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis.

Can I receive free and/or anonymous testing?

Anonymous HIV testing (without giving your name) is available at certain public testing sites.

Florida: Florida offers anonymous testing for HIV. Anonymous testing locations can be found on the Florida Department of Health’s website at the following link: Only sites marked with an “A” provide anonymous services.

Hawaii: Free and anonymous testing for HIV is available in the state of Hawaii through the Department of Health and certain community agencies.

West Virginia: Anonymous testing for HIV is available at a local or county health department.

Do I have a choice?

Yes, it’s your choice. HIV testing is voluntary and you can decide if you want an HIV test. Health care services and treatment cannot be denied if you decide not to be tested. If you wish to decline HIV testing, please email us at and share that “I wish to opt out of HIV testing”. Consent to HIV testing may be withdrawn at any time prior to receiving your blood draw. If you need to cancel your order after your order has been placed, please contact us at with “CANCEL HIV ORDER” in the subject line.

Who will be told if I have an HIV infection?

State law permits only a very limited number of people to know if someone has HIV infection. Strict state laws safeguard confidential (private) information on HIV. Positive HIV test results are reported to public health officials with sufficient information to identify the test subject and will be reported to other individuals or entities as required under the law. Your results will also be viewed by or released to Poplin, Inc., Quest Diagnostics Incorporated and our physician network partners to facilitate notice of your test results to you. Individuals who are tested for HIV have a right to confidential treatment of the results of the test and to information identifying the subject of the test, to the extent provided by law.

Will I be discriminated against if I have HIV?

No. It is illegal to discriminate against a person because of their HIV status.

Who can assist someone who is recently diagnosed with HIV infection?

Healthcare providers can help a person who has HIV infection in obtaining the services they may need, including assistance from the local health department.

There are community-based agencies like AIDS service organizations and other agencies that can help persons with HIV infection find services like counseling, case management, drug payment assistance, housing, legal assistance, as well as several other services. These organizations can also provide you with additional information about HIV, HIV transmission, and risk reduction. For more information on HIV and HIV transmission or risk reduction you can visit:

You, your successors, heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns, do hereby forever release and discharge Poplin, Inc. and its employees, directors, owners, and representatives from any and all liabilities, claims, demands, actions, damages, and causes of action, which may result from your participation in this program. By signing this document, you agree that all of your questions have been answered and that you understand that an HIV test will be performed on you and that you have chosen voluntarily and without fraud, coercion, or duress to be tested for HIV.

By signing this document, you authorize release of your test results to Poplin, Inc., Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, our physician network partners and release to health or other officials as required by applicable state law. By signing this document, you hereby represent that you are eighteen years of age or older and that you are a resident of the state you provided to Poplin while ordering your Test Package.