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HIV Basics

Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV, is a sexually transmitted infection that targets white blood (or CD4+) cells and weakens the body's immune system. HIV is a "silent" infection. Symptoms often do not appear for several years; therefore, it can be difficult for a person to know that he or she has HIV without a HIV test.

There are two types of HIV tests. The HIV Antibody Test screens for antibodies to HIV and the HIV Early Detection Test detects HIV in the body's genetic material ( RNA). The seroconversion, or "window," period during which HIV antibodies commonly appear is between 2 weeks and 6 months. For this reason doctors advise waiting at least 6 weeks for antibodies to appear before taking the Antibody Test.

If you suspect that you have contracted HIV and want immediate answers, a HIV RNA Early Detection test can detect the virus 9 - 11 days after exposure.

HIV Testing Options

HIV Antibody Test

  • Also known as Immunochemiluminometric assay (ICMA) test with Reflex to Western Blot
  • Tests for HIV antibodies in the blood
  • Generally takes 25 days -2 months for the body to develop enough antibodies to be detected through testing
  • HIV Antibody tests are usually accurate in detecting HIV infection, and the test has a low false result rate after the first few weeks
  • In cases where results are negative, repeat testing should be conducted 3 months post exposure

Western Blot Test

  • This test is automatically performed on the same blood sample at no additional cost to confirm a positive HIV antibody test result.
  • If the HIV Antibody Test comes back negative, the Western blot will not be performed.
  • Tests for HIV antibodies in the blood using a prepared protein sample
  • Indeterminate Western blot test results may signal a HIV infection; however, our doctors recommend re-testing 3 months post-exposure as indeterminate results may become more clearly positive after time has passed if the person tested is in fact HIV positive

HIV RNA Early Detection Test

  • Also known as Transcription-mediated amplification (TMA) test
  • Test measures the presence of HIV RNA in the plasma of patients. Positive test results are indicative of acute(new) or primary infection
  • Can detect HIV as early as 9-11 days after infection, or before antibodies are produced
  • HIV RNA tests can be used to detect recent HIV infection and can also be used when antibody tests prove inconclusive
  • If the test result is negative, the HIV Early Detection Test does not have to be repeated

Why You Should Get Tested For HIV

According to recent recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Americans between ages 15-65 should be tested annually for the HIV virus. Additionally, the USPSTF recommends that pregnant women be screened for HIV, including women who are untested or whose HIV status is unknown.

Getting tested is important, regardless of your current health status. Because HIV symptoms may take several years to appear, you should not assume that you are HIV negative. Therefore, you should be screened for HIV on a regular basis, particularly if you exhibit one or more of the following risk factors:

  • Engaging in unprotected sex with one or more partners
  • Sharing needles or syringes with others while using intravenous drugs
  • Having oral, vaginal or anal sex with a partner or partners whose HIV status you do not know or who is at risk for HIV
  • Having another sexually transmitted disease (STD)
  • Getting a tattoo or piercing in cases where sterile equipment is not used
  • Here are some preventative measures for avoiding the spread of HIV:

  • Detecting a HIV infection in people who demonstrate HIV symptoms prevents the virus from spreading to others
  • Screening blood, blood products and donated organs for HIV ensures that you will not acquire HIV as well
  • Routinely screening pregnant women for HIV prevents the infection from being passed on to the fetus
  • Annual HIV and STD testing will inform you of your sexual health status and help protect the health of your partner

HIV Test Result Outcomes

Negative

No HIV antibodies or genetic material was found. Our doctors recommend waiting 9-11 days to take the HIV RNA Early Detection Test or 25 days to take the HIV Antibody Test after initial exposure to HIV to ensure accurate results. It is also important to follow up a negative HIV Antibody Test with a re-test 3 months after exposure to confirm the validity of the negative result.

Positive

HIV antibodies or genetic material was found; a positive HIV Antibody diagnosis is often confirmed with a Reflex to Western blot test. A positive HIV RNA Early Detection Test result confirms the presence of HIV as soon as 9-11 days post-exposure by measuring the HIV viral load in your blood.

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