HIV 4th Generation I & II Antibody Test


HIV test is done in our highly rated CLIA certified labs in two parts. An initial HIV test is performed on the person’s blood sample to detect antibodies that respond to the virus. HIV 4th Gen Antibody test detects antibodies – proteins that the body produces to fight HIV – and surface antigens, but may not indicate presence of HIV itself. If this test returns positive, then a follow up test will be performed on the same specimen as the initial test to confirm HIV presence. There’s no additional charge for this re-testing and confirmation. An optimal amount of blood specimen is drawn from the patient without the need to fast or other kinds of special preparation.

An initial HIV test will be an antigen/antibody test. This requires sending the infected person’s blood sample to the lab to perform this test. Blood tests can detect HIV infection sooner after exposure than oral fluid tests because the level of antibody in blood is higher than it is in oral fluid. Likewise, RNA tests detect infection in blood soon after exposure (usually within 9 to 11days). HIV tests are generally very accurate, but follow-up testing allows you and your health care provider to be sure the diagnosis is right.

How is HIV tested, is it a blood or urine test?

HIV is tested on a blood sample drawn from an infected person. Laboratory personnel draw a small amount of blood during your visit to the test center which is then used to perform the test.

What do I need to do to prepare for the test?

HIV tests doesn’t require any special preparation. No fasting is necessary for the blood draw.

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Antibody Test

$79.00

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$199.00

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$209.00

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HIV

How can one get tested for HIV?

Taking an HIV test is the only sure way one can learn of infection from the virus. The most common test to detect HIV is the antibody test which looks for the virus' antibodies in the blood. The test has an accuracy level of 99% after the testing window has elapsed – the period after which HIV is detectable in the blood. The testing window can range anywhere between 2 weeks and 12 weeks after initial exposure to the virus.

When can one get tested for HIV after exposure?

The period after which one can test for HIV depends on the type of test. For the 4th Gen antibody test, one should test after three weeks of exposure as this allows the HIV antibodies time to develop in the blood and be detectable. However, with the HIV RNA blood test, one can test after 10 to 12 days of possible exposure and receive accurate results.

Who should get tested for HIV?

Anyone can be infected with HIV. However, there is certain high-risk behavior that increases the chances of infection. These include unprotected vaginal and anal sex, a new sex partner, multiple sex partners, and men who have sex with men. HIV can also be transmitted through sharing injecting equipment and from an infected mother to her child during childbirth. Any person who suspects exposure to the virus should get tested.

What do the HIV results mean?

A negative result shows the absence of HIV in the blood. However, if one gets tested too soon after initial exposure, the virus may not be detected in the blood. A confirmatory test after three months should accompany a negative result. During this period, all forms of behavior that increase the risk of exposure should be avoided. A positive result indicates infection from the virus and is usually confirmed by immediate re-testing. If the antibody test was initially used, other follow-up tests are used for confirmation of positive results. Having HIV infection does not necessarily imply that one has or will contract AIDS. Administration of anti-retroviral therapy helps slow down the virus' progression to later stages and can prolong one’s life.

How long does it take to get HIV results?

The HIV antibody test results take less than 30 minutes. However, with the HIV RNA test, results can take a few days but normally less than a week depending on the laboratory. Follow-up test results for confirmation of a positive HIV result can also take up to a few days. If the tests are positive, it is not an indication that one has AIDS. However, immediate treatment should be undertaken to prevent the virus from progressing to later stages of infection.

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Doctor recommended tests: We offer the exact same STD tests trusted by doctors nation wide.

Results usually in 3 business days or less: You’ll receive an email alerting you when they’re ready.

Unlimited support from the Care Advisors: Our team is here to help you during the entire testing process.

Labs near you: Visit one of the trusted testing centers that we work with for your STD testing.

Confidential treatment of your information: We take your privacy seriously and protect your information with industry-standard technology.

A doctor to discuss your results: Doctor consultations by phone are available if your results require further explanation.

Prescriptions available: If appropriate, our doctors will send a prescription for you to your local pharmacy.

Personal guidance and referral services: We will connect you with a specialist in your area for further follow up treatment, when appropriate.

When Is The Best Time To Test For STDs?

The best time to test for sexually transmitted diseases is now. The best way to test is with our comprehensive 10-Test Panel that checks for all of the most common STDs.

Most STDs are "silent" and do not show symptoms. You can have an STD and unknowingly transmit it to others. If you suspect you have contracted an STD through unprotected sexual contact, sharing drug injection equipment, or by coming in contact with infected blood, it is important that you get tested as soon as possible to avoid any health complications. For answers to your questions about our 10-Test Panel, call our counselors 24/7 at 1(855)847-7254.

Individual Tests

Individual tests are offered in case you want to run tests for one or multiple infection types to eliminate your concern about having specific infection type. These tests are also offered in case you would like to retest to confirm that an existing infection has been cured following a treatment.

You may choose to select one or more tests from the individual tests offered in the list below:

$129.00
$79.00
$129.00
$29.00
$29.00
$29.00
$85.00
$85.00
$79.00
$199.00

Early HIV detection

Our FDA approved HIV RNA test can be taken after 6 days of exposure and can conclusively detect an HIV infection as early as 9-11 days after exposure.

$175.00

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Review:
Excellent service hands down. My test was quick and results were available sooner than I expected. The best part was the privacy of the test. No one asked me personal questions, and the whole process was quite discreet.
Date:06/05/2016