HIV Antibody Test
FDA-Approved HIV Antibody Test
Our lab technicians make use of FDA-approved HIV Antibody Test, which detects the presence of any antibodies that fight HIV in the blood. If this blood test turns out a positive result, then it will be followed by a secondary differentiation assay, which confirms the presence of HIV. This additional test will be completely free of cost to you. Since HIV can stay in the body and not show any symptoms, it is possible to transmit the infection to your sexual partner unknowingly. That is why it is crucial to get tested for HIV.
HIV Antibody Test FAQs
Does the HIV Antibody Test use blood sample or urine sample?
HIV Antibody Test detects the presence of HIV antibodies, which are present in the blood. Therefore, a blood sample is used for this test.
What do I need to prepare for the test?
There is absolutely no preparation required from you before the HIV Antibody test.
When should I take the HIV Antibody test?
The human body produces antibodies in response to the presence of HIV virus usually within 25 days of infection. However, in some cases it might take as long as 3 months. Therefore, it is recommended that people take the HIV Antibody test between 1-3 months post-exposure. If this test turns positive results, then a supplemental differentiation assay is performed to confirm the presence of HIV, at no additional cost.
What do the test results mean?
If any traces of HIV antibodies are found in your blood, then the test result will turn out positive. A negative result means that no trace of HVI antibodies was found in your blood.
Is HIV curable?
Although HIV is not curable, a variety of antiretroviral drugs can be used to treat the infection. These medicines can keep the virus in check and prevent the onset of AIDS, thus lending a normal life to the patient.
Who should take the HIV Antibody Test?
Anyone who engage themselves in unprotected sex, have a risk of contracting the disease. Also at risk are the people who use intravenous drugs, as they tend to share the needles. Absence of symptoms does not mean absence of disease, as HIV is known to stay dormant for many years, during which the infected person might spread the disease to multiple partners.
When is the right time to get tested for HIV?
If you recently engaged in unprotected sex, or used intravenous drugs, then you are at the risk of catching the HIV virus. You can get yourself tested for the infection between 1-3 months since the exposure, as the body takes at least 25 days to develop the antibodies against the virus, which will be used for HIV testing. If you need faster results, then take the HIV RNA Early Detection Test, which will get you results in as less as 9-11 days.
What if my HIV test results come out positive?
In the event that your HIV tests come out positive, then you get a free consultation with one of our doctors. They will help you understand the implications of your test, and offer you advice on the various treatment options available to you. If needed, they will even refer you to a local HIV specialist.