The Results

When the result of your DBS test is ready, a nurse from Sexual Health Infolink will contact you with your results.
 
One of the following results will be given to you:
 
Negative - no HIV or hep C infection. You will get your results either by text message, email or a phone call.
 
Detected - possible HIV or hep C infection. You will get a text message or email asking you to call the nurse on 1800 451 624. The results of any DBS HIV test showing HIV or hep C are not final and a second test must be done. The nurse will talk to you about the next steps.
 
Invalid - the test did not work. You will get a text message or email asking you to call the nurse on 1800 451 624. The nurse will talk to you about having another DBS HIV or hep C test or a standard test done by a doctor. 
What happens if HIV shows in my DBS test result?
If the DBS HIV test shows HIV in your blood, you will need to have a standard HIV test to confirm HIV infection. A nurse will call you and tell you where you can go for a standard HIV test. The nurse will also contact you again within 7 days of being given your result to ask if you need any more assistance or support.

What happens if hep C shows in my DBS test result?
If the DBS test shows Hep C in your blood, you will need to have a standard Hep C test to confirm current infection. A nurse will call you and tell you where you can go for a standard Hep C test. The nurse will also contact you again within 7 days of being given your result to ask if you need any more assistance or support.
 

Overall, DBS tests are very accurate. In people with HIV infection, the DBS HIV test will be correct more than 99 times out of every 100 tests.
 
If a person becomes infected with HIV, the DBS HIV test may not detect HIV for up to 12 weeks after the person has the infection. This is called the ‘window period’ where a very small number of tests can give a ‘false negative result’. This means the test result can be negative even if a person has HIV infection.
 
A very small number of tests can also give a ‘false positive result’, which means the test result is positive, but the person does not have HIV or hep C infection. This is clarified through further testing.