HIV 4th Generation Test Singapore

The HIV 4th Generation Test is one of the most accurate and fastest way to determine is a person has been infected with HIV or not. The HIV 4th Generation Test is also called the Combo test or the Duo test. It tests for both the HIV antibodies as well as the antigens in the blood. It can be done as a rapid test i.e. you can get the results in 20 minutes. Antibodies are produced by the body when it is infected with the HIV virus. There are many different types of antibodies. The one that is produced the earliest is called the IgM antibody....

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HIV Window Period

Are your HIV tests accurate? HIV testing may seem very complex. This is greatly due to the testing ‘HIV Window Period‘. That irksome time from when a person is infected to when tests can actually detect a HIV infection. Click here to read about the Biology behind the Window Period HIV Signs and Symptoms The HIV Window Period and Test Accuracy HIV PEP Post Exposure Prophylaxis This has caused a lot of doubt and worry with regards to the accuracy of tests done. You might even be wondering right now how accurate your tests...

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HIV CMIA Test Accuracy

Keywords: HIV CMIA, HIV CMIA Window Period, HIV CMIA Method, HIV CMIA Results, HIV CMIA Accuracy To be able to understand the answer to this question, we first have to get some basics right. The HIV CMIA test, HIV ELISA test, HIV ECLIA test are all different methods to detect HIV antibodies and/or antigens in the patient’s blood. I previously wrote an article on the HIV ELISA and ECLIA test. Let me rehash some points: To know if a person is infected with HIV or not, we look for HIV antigens or antibodies in the patient’s...

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More on HIV symptoms

I previously wrote an article on early HIV symptoms. I am still receiving a lot of questions with regards to HIV symptoms so I am writing another article to provide more details. What is HIV ARS? When people talk about ‘HIV symptoms’ they are generally referring to the symptoms that appear soon (2 to 6 weeks) after a person is infected with HIV (as opposed to late AIDS symptoms which take years to develop). These symptoms are a result of the body mounting an immune response to the HIV infection, NOT due to the infection itself. That is why...

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Updates on HIV testing Window Period

27th June 2013 was National HIV Testing Day in the US. There were a lot of activities to promote HIV testing. What I found interesting and also should be of interest to many readers of this blog is the HIV Testing Factsheet published by the CDC. I have attached a copy here. HIV-Testing-US-508 HIV Signs and Symptoms The HIV Window Period and Test Accuracy HIV PEP Post Exposure Prophylaxis Please allow me to highlight some points in this factsheet: 1. The factsheet says that antibodies to HIV typically develop between 2 to 8 weeks after...

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