HIV is one of the most common sexually-transmitted diseases today. It is caused by a virus that attacks the immune system. It can be transmitted in different ways, including: by having unprotected sex, through blood, and during pregnancy/birth/breastfeeding.

Once a person contracts the HIV infection, he or she may go through three phases:

1. Asymptomatic stage

This kicks in the moment the virus enters the body. During this period, HIV and the HIV antibodies cannot be detected by a blood test. Anyone who is in this stage of HIV may unknowingly transmit the infection to other people since symptoms are also not present. This period may last for three to six months.

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2. Symptomatic stage

The next stage is when the virus begins to do damage to the immune system. The first symptoms start to manifest and they include fever, flu, and diarrhea. People who are in this stage of HIV should get treatment so as to be able to manage and control the spread of the virus.

3. AIDS

During this period, the virus continues to replicate itself to overtake the immune system. The body becomes weaker and weaker and may die not for long.

Testing for HIV/AIDS promptly is necessary to prevent various health problems. Use STD Rapid Test Kits' rapid HIV screen test kit for efficient, accurate, and fast HIV testing.