The HIV test

There are different types of HIV testing. An HIV test measures whether there are antibodies against HIV in your blood, or whether the virus itself is present in your blood. In the standard HIV test a tube of blood is taken and tested in the laboratory. Depending on the test method, your blood is tested for the presence of antibodies (antibodies), HIV virus particles or both. The result is known within a week to 10 days. The advantage of the standard test is that it can show HIV in your blood after 6 weeks after infection.

In addition to the standard test, there is also an HIV rapid test. A drop of blood is sufficient for this. In the quick test you get the result as the name also says much faster: within an hour. Have you recently run the risk of HIV, then the quick test is less suitable.

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