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. 


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 


If you do not do anything, these warning signs can result to 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 to 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.