This test screens for HIV, an STD that can lead to AIDS if not treated.
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This test does not require fasting
Sample collection: Blood
It is important to remember that some people experience symptoms of an infection, but other people can have a sexually transmitted disease and have no symptoms. That is why it is important to get tested frequently. Symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases may include:
This list does not include all possible symptoms. For more information on symptoms, visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov/std
This test is recommended for anyone who wants to know about their sexual health, as well as those who:
For more information, visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov/std/prevention/screeningreccs.htm
HIV 1 & 2 Screen
This test screens for HIV. HIV is a sexually transmitted virus that attacks and destroys immune system cells that are necessary to fight disease and infection. HIV is not curable, although it can be controlled by treatment. If left untreated, an HIV infection can progress and lead to AIDS.
HIV blood test works in three different ways:
It looks for antibodies that your body makes when infected with HIV, as well as part of the virus itself. If the results are negative, (non-reactive) it does not preclude the possibility for exposure to or infection with HIV-1 and/or HIV-2. Negative results can occur if the quantity of marker present in the sample is too low for the detection limits of the assay, or if the marker, which is detected, is not present during the stage of disease in which a sample is collected.
However, if the result is positive (reactive), a second test is run from the same blood sample. If this test is also positive, it is highly likely you are infected with the HIV virus. If it is negative or indeterminate, a third test is run.
This last part of the test looks for RNA, the genetic material that makes up HIV. If this test is positive, then it confirms that there is HIV infection. Repeat testing may be recommended if all three parts of the test are negative but there is still a strong reason to think you have been infected.
When testing is complete, test results will be available through the GoTestMeNow.com secure patient portal that you can access on your smartphone, tablet, or desktop.
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When required, positive results are reported to the appropriate public health authorities.
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