Early Detection HIV

Different HIV Testing Options
There are two basic types of HIV testing, both of which can done easily by drawing blood once and submitting to the lab.
*HIV Antibody Test with Confirmation
This test is the most common and recommended for HIV testing. It is regarded as the “gold standard” of testing and yields a 99.5% level of accuracy. It is important to remember that finding antibodies after seroconversion, which is what this test does, is not intended for people who have recently been exposed to HIV. In order for this test to yield a positive result, the body must have had enough time to produce antibodies to be detected by the test. The time necessary for the creation of antibodies may vary, and it may take up to three months or longer for one’s body to create enough to be detected by the test. This is why the test may yield false negatives if the body has not created enough antibodies yet. It is precisely for this reason that repeat testing is essential. Repeating the HIV Antibody Test at least three months after it was initially done is the best way of confirming that your body is indeed free of HIV.
*HIV Early Detection Test
This test can detect the presence of HIV as early as six days after being exposed to it. However, it is generally recommended that one wait at least 21 days after exposure to take the test. The HIV Early Detection Test is more accurate and quicker than the HIV Antibody Test.
Once the test results become available, we take great care in having a physician contact you if it is positive. After discussing your situation, our physician will provide advice on what the next steps should be and address any additional testing or treatment that needs to take place.
What is “Confirmation” ?
For all positive results, there is an additional test performed to confirm the initial positive outcome. This test is done with blood from the initial draw and at no additional cost, but it helps confirm that the results are accurate.
When should I get tested for HIV ?
It is recommended that you wait at least 21 days after possible exposure to take the HIV Early Detection Test. However, the HIV Antibody Test is better when at least 12 weeks have passed since possible exposure. This lapse is better known as seroconversion or “the window period.”
What do the HIV Testing results mean ?
A positive result for one of the HIV tests discussed above means the following:
There is a possibility that you are positive for HIV and you need to have confirmation through further testing.
You should engage in safe sex practices to prevent infecting others.
A negative result means the following:
Antibodies were not detected in the blood at the time of the test.
You need to be tested again after a suitable period to confirm the absence of antibodies.
Will I die if I test positive for HIV ?
A positive result for HIV indicates that the virus lives in your body and you may develop AIDS. You do not have AIDS necessarily, nor are you going to face mortality immediately. Even though scientists have not developed a cure for AIDS, there are several options available to help manage the condition, including therapy. There are many people with HIV whose life has been vastly improved by these therapies.
Remember that there is no cure for HIV, but it can be treated.
There were very few drugs for HIV treatment and fending off infection when HIV was first discovered. But since that time, HIV treatment has come a long way and is still advancing. There is still not a cure for HIV or AIDS, but now, having this virus does not mean a death sentence. There is a class of drugs (anti-retroviral medications) that help tremendously by extending the quality of life in sufferers and slowing HIV’s growth in the body.
What is the goal of HIV Treatment?
HIV suppresses the immune system, therefore treatment tries to reduce symptoms with a small number of side effects. Viral load measures the response to treatment. Viral load tells the amount of the HIV virus that is found in the blood at any given time. Viral load is generally tested at the start of treatment and later, every 3 to 4 months, while the treatment therapy is occurring.
How do we treat HIV?
Currently, what slows down the virus and the damage in the immune system caused by HIV are anti-retroviral drugs. The drug regime is very intense as well as expensive. Sometimes, there are side effects after some time has passed. For most people, once they have been diagnosed with HIV, they choose to start anti-retroviral therapy if they are able. This can control any potential sickness and keep up their quality of life for as long as possible.
Different HIV Testing Options
There are two basic types of HIV testing, both of which can done easily by drawing blood once and submitting to the lab.
*HIV Antibody Test with Confirmation
This test is the most common and recommended for HIV testing. It is regarded as the “gold standard” of testing and yields a 99.5% level of accuracy. It is important to remember that finding antibodies after seroconversion, which is what this test does, is not intended for people who have recently been exposed to HIV. In order for this test to yield a positive result, the body must have had enough time to produce antibodies to be detected by the test. The time necessary for the creation of antibodies may vary, and it may take up to three months or longer for one’s body to create enough to be detected by the test. This is why the test may yield false negatives if the body has not created enough antibodies yet. It is precisely for this reason that repeat testing is essential. Repeating the HIV Antibody Test at least three months after it was initially done is the best way of confirming that your body is indeed free of HIV.
*HIV Early Detection Test
This test can detect the presence of HIV as early as six days after being exposed to it. However, it is generally recommended that one wait at least 21 days after exposure to take the test. The HIV Early Detection Test is more accurate and quicker than the HIV Antibody Test. Once the test results become available, we take great care in having a physician contact you if it is positive. After discussing your situation, our physician will provide advice on what the next steps should be and address any additional testing or treatment that needs to take place.
What is “Confirmation”?
For all positive results, there is an additional test performed to confirm the initial positive outcome. This test is done with blood from the initial draw and at no additional cost, but it helps confirm that the results are accurate.
When should I get tested for HIV?
It is recommended that you wait at least 21 days after possible exposure to take the HIV Early Detection Test. However, the HIV Antibody Test is better when at least 12 weeks have passed since possible exposure. This lapse is better known as seroconversion or “the window period.” What do the HIV Testing results mean? A positive result for one of the HIV tests discussed above means the following: There is a possibility that you are positive for HIV and you need to have confirmation through further testing. You should engage in safe sex practices to prevent infecting others. A negative result means the following: Antibodies were not detected in the blood at the time of the test. You need to be tested again after a suitable period to confirm the absence of antibodies.
Will I die if I test positive for HIV?
A positive result for HIV indicates that the virus lives in your body and you may develop AIDS. You do not have AIDS necessarily, nor are you going to face mortality immediately. Even though scientists have not developed a cure for AIDS, there are several options available to help manage the condition, including therapy. There are many people with HIV whose life has been vastly improved by these therapies.
Will I Need To Fast Or Prepare For The Test ?
You will not need to fast or prepare for this test.
Is This A Blood Test Or A Urine Test ?
A blood test is need for the HIV Antibody Test. There will not be any painful swabbing or unnecessary undressing required for this test.
Is HIV Treatable ?
The HIV Virus can be treated with certain types of medications. With the use of medications and certain types of treatment many people have managed to live productive lives. Most people can continue on with their lives as well as plan for their retirement years.
Who Should Be Tested For HIV ?
Anyone who is sexually active or between the ages 13-64 should be tested for the HIV Virus. The current data has shown that people between the ages of 35 – 44 are at a higher risk then others and they should be tested. Forthose that have shared needles with an infected person or have had unprotected sex with an iv drug user they should be tested.
Anyone who is unsure of their status or have had unprotected sex should be tested. Since the virus can be passed along from mother to child it may be necessary for newborns to also be tested.
What Will The Test Results Tell Me ?
The HIV test will determine if you have tested positive or negative for the virus. In the event that you have tested positive for the HIV Virus a confirmation test will be taken before a diagnoses is given.

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