HIV 1 And 2 Antibody Testing
Our Accurate HIV Antibody Testing
Our testing centers use a highly accurate test. This test screens for antibodies produced by the body to combat HIV type 1 and HIV type 2. The test also detects HIV antigens which are proteins that make the virus. This test is important since these antigens are high in the body in the few weeks after infection. A routine HIV test is important because the virus takes years before showing any signs or symptoms. This means you can have the infection and not know it for a long period.
Our testing centers provide accurate test results that are approved by the FDA. These 4th generation HIV antibody tests are 99.7 to 100% specificity and 100% sensitivity.
What You Need To Know About Our HIV Antibody Test
How The HIV Antibody Test Is Done
Our testing centers only require a small blood sample to complete the test. You do not have to get undressed or go through the uncomfortable swabbing process.
HIV Antibody Test Preparation
Since it’s a blood test, there are no special preparations.
When Do I Get a HIV Antibody Test?
To get accurate results from a HIV antibody test, you will have to wait for 2 to 3 weeks after potential exposure. Within this time, most infected people will have developed antibodies to fight the virus. It is a good idea to test after 3 months for result confirmation. If you are concerned that you might have been exposed and cannot wait, you might benefit from the HIV RNA early detection test which will detect the HIV genetic material within 9 to 11 days.
What Do HIV Antibody Results Mean?
The test results will come back as positive or negative. Negative results mean that you do not have HIV antibodies and thus no virus. Positive results mean that the test found HIV antibodies and antigens and this means you have the virus. There will be a confirmation test on the same blood sample if the results come back positive.
Is There A HIV Cure?
Unfortunately, there is no HIV cure yet. However, there are effective treatment options that ensure an infected person lives a happy healthy life. This comes in the form of antiviral medication that helps the body fight the virus and prevent the development of AIDS.
Who Should Get A HIV Antibody
Everyone should get a HIV test. The virus affects both men and women. Having unprotected sex, or engaging in illicit drug injection are some of the factors that increase the risk of infection. HIV should be part of your STD testing routine because it does not show any obvious symptoms in its early stages.
When Should I Get A HIV Test
Right now is the best time to get tested for HIV. If you have recently engaged in illicit drug injection or had unprotected sex, it is important to get a HIV test. Knowing your status is taking control of your sexual health. It’s also a good idea to take the comprehensive STD test that covers 10 common sexually transmitted diseases.