The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) causes AIDS and is spread through the exchange of bodily fluids including sexual activity and the sharing of intravenous drug needles. Eventually, those who are infected with HIV will develop AIDS which ultimately destroys the immune system, opening the body to numerous infections. There is no cure for AIDS so early detection and treatment can delay the onset of symptoms and slow the progression of the disease.
This HIV test, also known as the HIV ELISA test, screens for viral antibodies to the HIV virus. If antibody activity is detected, a confirmation by Western Blot is automatically run. This highly sensitive test is over 99.9% accurate and is considered the “gold standard” of HIV testing.
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When testing for HIV, it is recommended to wait 3 to 6 months after a possible exposure to allow for detectable levels of antibodies to develop before testing. For HIV testing that was administered before the 3 month mark, retesting is recommended after 3 months for the most accurate results. For those looking to test before 3 months, the HIV Early Detection Test provides results 10 to 14 days after exposure.
Why Do I Need It?
An annual HIV test is recommended for anyone sexually active between the ages 13 to 64. Those who are at an increased risk for contracting the virus (men who have sex with men, IV drug users, etc.) should test more frequently.
Understanding HIV Test Results
A positive test result indicates that you are infected with the HIV virus. A negative result may indicate that you are not infected, or that it is too early for antibodies to develop to the virus. Retesting is recommended if you are in a high risk group.