The continuous increase in the number of people infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV is alarming. It is the situation in almost all parts of the globe, and the governments are trying their best to put a stop to this. Several awareness campaigns have been launched to educate people of the negative effects of HIV to our bodies, and also on how to prevent from getting infected with it.
People who are sexually active are the most likely candidates for contracting HIV. The disease can be transmitted from one person to another during sexual intercourse (anal, oral, or vaginal) and through an HIV-positive pregnant woman to her baby. Practicing safe sex can help prevent the spread of the virus, as well as being careful when using needles during blood transfusion and the likes.
There are many symptoms of HIV. In the early stages of infection, a patient will experience some headache, fever, nausea, loss of appetite, swelling of some glands, etc. if left undiagnosed and untreated, it may lead to much more serious complications such as damages in more internal organs, cancer, and AIDS.
There are many methods in HIV testing. There are procedures that employ the help of modern, high-technology equipment and laboratory tools. They are efficient and expensive. There are also those that are much easier to access and are cheaper, such as a home HIV test kit.
A home HIV test kit can be bought from any drugstore or any medical facility in your area. It comes in a packaging that includes a manual with instructions on how to do the test.
Alternatively, if you can not find one of those in a store near you, you can shop for it in online stores. There are several web shops that sell various kinds of medical products, and you will surely come across a home HIV test kit in at least one of them. Various pharmaceuticals in the United States, United Kingdom, and other parts of the globe are trying to meet the demands for this type of product, so you will have a wide array of brands to choose from.
Most home HIV test kits will need a fluid sample of the patient, usually blood or urine, for the test. You can do the test by yourself, or ask for the assistance of other people. Make sure that you have read the step-by-step instructions and have understood them so that the kit can give you an accurate result. Failure to follow the procedure will return an incorrect feedback.
Whether you get a positive or negative result, it is strongly recommended to get a second opinion. Home HIV tests are still below par what the more high-tech methods can do, so it is better to consult a doctor and take another test just to be sure.