The Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV is a virus that attacks our immune system and results to various complications. An individual infected with the virus will experience impairment of several body organs, until he or she becomes immune deficient.
That is enough reason why HIV is one of today's most feared diseases. It can infect everybody, regardless of age, weight, height, or nationality. It is categorized as a pandemic illness because of its ability to quickly spread from one person to another.
How is HIV spread?
- sharing needles with an HIV-infected person
- unprotected sexual intercourse
- transfusion of blood that is infected with HIV
- from an HIV patient mom to her child
How is HIV diagnosed?
Early detection of HIV is necessary and will prevent a patient from a lot of harmful damages by HIV or AIDS. There are many methods of HIV screening tests, such as urine tests, swab tests or oral tests, and blood tests. The purpose of the test is not to detect the presence of HIV itself, but to see if there are traces of HIV antibodies released by the immune system to fight the virus. It is possible for an HIV patient to get a negative test result if his or her immune system is not able to produce sufficient antibodies to protect his or her body.
What is the most convenient way to test for HIV?
A rapid HIV home test kit can be used to test for HIV at home, without the assistance of a health worker. It is designed for safe and hassle-free HIV testing and to provide utmost confidentiality. It is highly accurate and can return a result in just 15-20 minutes.