HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). It can take years for an HIV- infected person to develop AIDS. When a person becomes infected with HIV, the virus begins to attack his or her immune system, which is the body’s defence against illness. As a result, that person becomes more susceptible to disease and infection. When his or her body loses the ability to fight diseases, that person is diagnosed with AIDS. There is no cure for HIV infection. Antiretroviral drugs can slow down the disease progression.
Why should I get an HIV test?
You may have been infected with HIV and not know it. It can take many years before someone infected with HIV develops AIDS. There are no visible signs to tell you if you have been infected with HIV. The only way to be confident that you are not infected with HIV is to get an HIV test. If you learn that you are infected with HIV, you can take steps to avoid activities that will
pass it on to others. It is important to find out if you are infected with HIV so that you can receive adequate medical care. Although there is presently no cure for AIDS, there are treatments and medications for HIV infection that can help you live a longer and healthier life.
What are my options for HIV testing?
The HIV 4th gene P24 Antibody Test can give you a rapid HIV test results in as little as 2 hours. A rapid test is ideal for those situations where a result is needed quickly.
What is the HIV 4th gen p24 Antibody Test and how it is done?
The HIV Antibody Test can detect antibodies to HIV in your venous blood and plasma. If you choose to have the HIV Antibody Test, your health care provider will draw blood from your vein, run the test, and give you the results during the same visit. The HIV 4th gen Antibody Test is very accurate. However, additional testing is necessary to confirm a preliminary positive result.