Better2Know has three different HIV tests, and this blog post is to help you work out which is the best one for you:
Test 1: Laboratory test from 28 days after any incident you are worried about
This test is for anyone who is worried about HIV and wants the most accurate test available. The test is done in our CPA accredited laboratory with the results available the same day that the sample is received in the lab. You need to wait at least 28 days from any incident you are worried about. The test looks for HIV 1 and HIV 2 antibodies as well as the p24 antigen which is an early indicator of HIV infection is why this test can be used from just 28 days (the traditional 90 day HIV tests do not look for this antigen). This test is called a fourth generation HIV test.
This is the HIV test in our platinum and full screens.
Test 2: Rapid HIV Test from 26 days after any incident you are worried about
This test gives results while you wait. It only needs a finger prick, so it suitable for anyone who is scared of needles, who doesn’t want to wait for the laboratory tests, or who needs their HIV results in a hurry. Some countries and jobs need you to have an HIV test before issuing a visa or letting you start work, and this can mean that you want the fastest possible results. Not all our clinics do rapid HIV testing, so please ring us to check. This test is also a fourth generation test and looks for the HIV 1 and HIV 2 antibodies as well as the p24 antigen.
Test 3: Early Detection from 10 days after any incident you are concerned about
This test is takes a sample of blood and then uses a technique called PCR (polymerised chain reaction) to increase any viruses found in the blood so that it can be detected. This test looks for the actual virus itself rather than the markers of the virus (antibodies and antigens). It is a very accurate test, and takes just three days from when the sample is received in the laboratory.
This is the HIV test in our Early Detection Screen and Early Platinum Screen.
If you are worried about HIV, please phone us to book your HIV test and answer any questions you might have. Better2Know tests for HIV in all of its nationwide STD clinics.
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