HIV is a life-threatening health condition that is irreversible at this point in time. Although, medical and scientific efforts have been constantly exerted to find a cure to treat HIV, we all still have to wait for it in the future. However, if you are infected with the virus, it is best to know about it early on so you can undergo management treatment earlier too.
HIV is unsuspecting. Many people live their lives not knowing that they have HIV. Symptoms and signs may not even appear at all. And without knowing that they have HIV, they are risking infecting the people around them as well. But for those who have been infected, these symptoms are to be observed:
- 2 to 6 weeks of flu-like illness
- Sore Throat
- Body Rash
Now these are just symptoms but there is no more effective way to check if you are HIV positive than to take the HIV ½ Qualitative Blood Test.
Testing for HIV is simple. It is just a common blood test, where blood is taken from you and then the laboratory examines it. Within a day, you can already get the results and know if you are indeed HIV positive or negative.
HIV testing can also come in the form of saliva testing. This is another simple test where a mouth swab takes a saliva sample from the mouth. Dried blood spot tests can also be used to check for HIV. The finger is simply pricked and the blood is put on a filtered paper.
The real challenge is knowing the best time to take the test. After exposure to the HIV virus, it cannot be detected immediately. It will take at least three weeks to three months to get accurate results from your HIV test. This means that you may have to take the test at different time intervals to make sure.
The results are pretty much straightforward. If you have the virus, you are HIV positive. If you don’t, you are HIV negative. For people with positive results, usually, tests are done several times over to make sure the results are correct.
While there are still no cures and vaccines for HIV, the best way to protect yourself from the virus is to be very careful. HIV is successfully transferred during sexual contact and it is wise to use condoms for protection. Minutes of pleasure without protection is not worth it for a lifelong infectious virus that you have to deal with.
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