People who get infected with HIV have to get an HIV test to find out more information about his or her condition.  

HIV tests are done to find traces of HIV antibodies in a person's bodily fluid sample. The moment a person contracts HIV, his or her body’s immune system starts producing antibodies that will fight off the infection. They are more present in the bloodstream so the majority of HIV tests need a patient’s blood sample.

The human body produces antibodies between 4 and 12 weeks after initial exposure to HIV. So, it is advised to wait for this time period to lapse before submitting to an HIV test.

Symptoms of HIV

If notice any sign or symptom listed below, it means it is time to get an HIV test:

  • Joint/lower back/muscle pains 
  • High fever 
  • Nausea 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore throat 
  • Exhaustion/weakness 
  • Headaches 

Serious Complications of HIV

If you do not do anything, these warning signs can result in more serious complications such as: 

  • Swelling of the lymph nodes
  • Other STDs 
  • Fever 
  • Cancer 
  • Digestion problems
  • Senility 
  • Coma 
  • Memory loss 
  • Weight loss  
  • AIDS 

See a doctor help you decide about the type of HIV test to take. You can also just go ahead and purchase a rapid HIV test kit so that you can conduct the test on your own and get an accurate test result in about 15 minutes.