Hiv, AIDS Testing

Recent Exposure HIV DNA by PCR (NAT) Testing

It’s Known As Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) And Causes AIDS.

The greatest chance to become HIV infected is by having contact with an infected person’s blood, semen or vaginal secretions. Even if you’ve been infected with HIV, you may not know it right away because you can look and feel healthy for many years afterward.

It’s important to know that you have to be HIV infected (HIV positive) and turn ill to have AIDS.

You Should Be Tested For HIV If You Meet Any Of The Following Risk Factors:
• You’ve had unprotected sex with a person who is HIV positive
• You’ve had unprotected sex and don’t know if the person is HIV positive
• You have a sexually transmitted disease (increase chances to be HIV infected)
• You share needles

A negative result from your screening means no HIV antibodies have been detected.
If your test is positive, you will need a second test to ensure 99% accuracy.
HIV Antibody Test
While HIV antibodies can be discovered 3 months after exposure, it’s best to be certain by being tested again at 6 months. Antibody testing will not detect HIV immediately after exposure, during the window before the development of antibodies. If you are tested too soon, your result may be negative despite the fact that you are infected (false negative). In this case, you may be tested using a p24 antigen test that can detect actual viral protein in the blood 1 to 3-4 weeks after exposure or an HIV RNA test (viral load) that detects the presence of the virus, not the antibody response to it. Or you should have another HIV antibody test in 3–6 months from the time of a possible exposure to the virus.  $49.00
Recent Exposure detection HIV NAT - HIV DNA by PCR Test
HIV tests that detect the genetic material of HIV itself (rather than antibodies or antigens) are known as PCR tests. The process of extracting and amplifying the genetic material of an organism (in this case HIV) and then testing for it with a PCR test is called Nucleic-acid Amplification Testing or NAT. NAT test can be used to measure the amount of virus that is present within a person's body (when they will usually be referred to as 'viral load' tests).

NAT is sometimes also offered for diagnosing individuals, but because it is costly and complicated to perform, antibody testing is far more common in testing clinics.

NAT generally gives positive results much sooner than standard antibody testing would, making it useful in situations where early diagnosis is necessary. HIV-NAT Test is a part of Recent Exposure STD Test Panel. HIV-NAT can detect RNA or DNA from a very small number of virus particles, it can reduce the window period by detecting the infection earlier

HIV viral load testing done by the PCR method is exceptionally sensitive, which can give rise to some false-positive results.  $159.00
Rapid HIV Test
A rapid HIV test is also an antibody test. The advantage of a rapid test is that you do not have to return to get your test result - results are usually available in about 30 minutes. Rapid tests are single-use and do not require laboratory facilities but still require trained staff.

Though the test is 'rapid' at providing results, it is still an antibody test, so it is advisable to wait three months before taking it. $110.00
What is HIV
HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Many people are infected with HIV and do not have any sign of illness for many months or years. When a person becomes infected with HIV, the virus begins to attack his or her immune system., which is the body's defense against illness. When his or her body loses ability to fight diseases, that person is said to have AIDS.
How To Avoid HIV Infection?
The best way to avoid getting HIV is to avoid activities that would allow the virus to be passed to you. HIV is passed on through contact with blood, semen, vaginal fluids, or the breast milk of an infected person. Contact can come from unsafe sex. It can also come from exposure to blood through the sharing of used syringes or needles. Infected woman can pass the virus to their babies during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. It is also possible to become infected with HIV through a blood transfusion, although this is now very rare. People do not become infected with HIV through everyday casual contact with people at school, work, home, or anywhere else. The virus is not spread from contact with sweat, tears, saliva, or a casual kiss from an injected person (deep or "French" kissing is not advised). Nor can people become infected from contact with forks, cups, clothes, phones, toilet seats, or other things used by someone who is infected with HIV.
What is the difference between HIV and AIDS?
HIV is the virus that causes AIDS, the most advanced stage of HIV disease. A weakened immune system caused by HIV will allow opportunistic infections (OIs) to develop. A healthy immune system would normally fight off these infections while an HIV-weakened immune system is susceptible.
AIDS, or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, occurs when an individual's immune system is weakened by HIV to the point where they develop any number of diseases or cancers. An individual with HIV will also be considered to have progressed to an AIDS diagnosis if their immune system, as measured by their T-cell (or CD4 count) falls below a certain level.

Condoms? When used consistently and correctly, condoms are highly effective in preventing infection with HIV.
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