Immune System Disorders

When The Results Come In

HIV tests can identify HIV antibodies in the blood as early as two weeks after infection, but the body may take up to six months to make a measurable amount of antibodies. The average time is 25 days. When HIV antibodies are present in your bloodstream, a person is HIV positive. What If The Test

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What Is HIV Testing?

HIV testing involves having your blood, urine, or saliva tested to see if you are infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS. AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency (or immune deficiency) syndrome. It is a disease in which a virus attacks the body’s immune system that normally fights off diseases. Medication is available

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When To Have An HIV Test

The CDC recommends people should have an HIV test if they answer “yes” to one or more of the following questions: Having three or more sexual partners in the last 12 months Have received a blood transfusion prior to 1985, or have a sexual partner received a transfusion and later tested positive for HIV Not sure about

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Where To Go For Tests And Advice

Deciding where to go for counseling and testing depends on the area where you live. There are different counseling and testing places from which to choose. These options include: Publicly funded HIV testing centers Community health clinics Sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinics Family planning clinics Hospital clinics Drug treatment facilities TB clinics A doctor’s office

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HIV Testing: Glossary

Here are definitions of medical terms related to HIV and AIDS: AIDS: Acquired immunodeficiency (or immune deficiency) syndrome, an advanced stage of a viral infection caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Antibodies: Proteins produced by the immune system to fight infectious agents, such as viruses. Antigen: A substance that stimulates the production of antibodies. AZT: An antiretroviral drug

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HIV Testing: Additional Sources Of Information

Here are some reliable sources that can provide more information on HIV and AIDS: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1-800-311-3435 http://www.cdc.gov/ U.S. National Library of Medicine MedlinePlus http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/aids.html FDA List of Licensed and Approved HIV Tests http://www.fda.gov/cber/products/testkits.htm AIDS.org http://www.aids.org National AIDS Hotline operated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1-800-342-AIDS

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