The Human Immunodeficiency Virus, if not diagnosed and treated right away, can lead to AIDS or the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Up to now, there is no known cure for these infections. That is why it is very important to detect HIV in the early stages so that you can get treatment for it and avoid spreading it around your body and to other people.
Here are some common ways to test for HIV:
HIV Antibody Test
This HIV testing method is recommended for patients who have been infected with the virus for at least three months.
HIV DNA PCR Test
This technique requires a patient’s blood sample to accurately diagnose HIV. It is recommended to those who have been infected with the virus for about two weeks.
HIV DUO Test
This method is recommended for patients that have been infected for at least a month.
Rapid HIV Testing
This method makes use of a rapid HIV test kit that can detect the virus in a person's blood/serum/swab sample. It is affordable and convenient. It can be used by anyone. It can return highly accurate test results in about 15 minutes.