HIV tests are conducted to diagnose HIV. The earlier the test is done, the greater the chance to seek treatment right away and be able to manage the spread of the virus around the body.

In case you did not know, the human body generates antibodies between 4 and 12 weeks the moment the virus infects an individual. A person has to wait for this time interval to come before going through an HIV test so that there is enough antibodies present that can be detected during testing.

Symptoms of HIV

Also, the moment HIV symptoms arise, this means it is time to get an HIV test. Here are the most common HIV symptoms to watch out for to know if it is time to get tested:

  • Joint pains 
  • Lower back pains 
  • Swelling in the armpits and neck 
  • Sore throat 
  • Dry throat 
  • Muscle pains 
  • High fever 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Nausea 
  • Appetite loss
  • Weakness 
  • Headache 

Get tested first

If you do not get tested and treated for HIV right away, these complications might endanger your life: 
AIDS Other STDsMemory loss Digestion problems Swelling of the lymph nodes Coma Cancer Senility Weight loss Fever Other types of infections