Rapid HIV PCR Test (Next Day Result)

Ever since HIV was first identified in the 1980s, testing of individuals who may be exposed to the virus was the only way to know whether one has been infected. There is no specific symptom that would be able to identify if an individual is infected or not. Over the last 4 decades or so, improvements have been made to the tests (both to diagnose HIV and for monitoring of treatment) used to identify an infected individual. In particular, the ability of the PCR test to detect levels of the HIV virus in the blood has improved to the point of...

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HIV Prevention: To HIV PrEP or not to HIV PrEP?

If you’re reading this, most probably you would have an awareness about HIV and are worried about getting infected. Rightfully so, as there is still no cure for HIV and it can lead to a severe disease called AIDS and eventually death. Every year more than 400 new cases of HIV are reported in Singapore the majority of which are still in the prime of their lives between the ages of 20-49. So if you are HIV negative and sexually active, you have a right to be afraid of HIV infection. So what do we have to protect ourselves from this deadly...

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