Medical experts agree with the fact that HIV testing is an extremely important part of preventing the spread of HIV. As a matter of fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is currently suggesting that HIV testing be an integral part of pretty much every standard practice medical examination. For this, those trying to get HIV testing get an option regarding which kind of HIV testing to make use of --- standard HIV testing or rapid HIV tests.

What is Rapid HIV Testing?

Rapid HIV tests are different from standard HIV testing for the reason that it makes it possible for results of the test to be available in at least five to thirty minutes, and also HIV testing, advice, and recommendations can be carried out in a single visit.

At present, there are four rapid HIV tests authorized for usage by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Uni-Gold Recombigen HIV-1 Test

This HIV rapid testing method uses blood, serum, or plasma by puncturing a finger. The specimen is placed on a test strip and is examined. A substance is applied to it and if a red line appears, it means you are positive with HIV.

OraQuick / OraQuick Advance Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody Test

This method of rapid HIV testing uses plasma, blood, or other oral fluids. The specimen is mixed with HIV-1 and HIV-2 proteins. If the specimen results to a red line, it means that it is positive for HIV.

Multispot HIV-1/HIV-2 Rapid Test

This method of rapid HIV testing can be used on either fresh or frozen blood, serum, or plasma. The specimen is applied with HIV-1 and/or HIV-2. A purple means positive.

Reveal G2 HIV-1 Antibody Test

This rapid HIV testing method can be used in serum or plasma. It is a bit complicated to carry out compared to the first three methods because it needs to use centrifuged plasma or serum. The specimen is then applied with protein, and if a red dot appears, it means that it is positive for HIV.

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People who have gone through rapid HIV testing are urged to go through the conventional ways of HIV testing to verify the results. This is standard protocol so as to be sure one hundred percent.