A rapid screening test that is first of several tests that look for HIV infection.
Our HIV (antibody) screening test is a single parameter test. No special requirement like fasting or early morning visit is required to perform the test. To perform this test you will need to visit your laboratory of choice for the collection of a Blood sample. You need to visit any of our partnered laboratories and have your blood sample drawn for processing. Do not hesitate to ask about pre-counseling and post-test counseling and referral options available.
TEST BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that enters the body and destroys the immune system that helps us fight infection. When this virus is left untreated Sand it succeeds in completely destroying the immune system it then leads to AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). AIDS, on the other hand, gives room for different diseases (i.e. pneumonia, skin infection, cancer, and tuberculosis) that might eventually lead to death.
HIV is transmitted though unprotected sex, multiple sexual partners, sharing of sharp objects or needles especially with drug users by blood transfusion, and from mother to newborn.
HIV screening is a service/test rendered to an individual in order for him/her to know his HIV status in which case, could either be positive or negative. Testing for HIV is the easiest way to prevention, care and treatment, especially for a something that has no cure. HIV testing is a very important step to slowing the spread of HIV infection and should be a routine test for every Nigerian to ensure an HIV free generation. HIV screening is very essential also for pregnant women to avoid infecting the baby. HIV screening test is mostly done in three distinct ways, which includes;
- Pre-counselling; this is usually done before a sample is collected from an individual, so as to prepare him/her of the possible outcome of the result, which could be negative or positive. Ask about pre-counseling when you visit the laboratory.
- Sample collection; after the session, when the individual is fully aware of the test in and has agreed to go ahead the screening test, blood sample required for the investigation.
- Counseling and referral; the third stage is the release of result. This is a very confidential stage, as the result can only be issued to the individual that requested for the screening, except otherwise. The test result determines what takes place in the third stage. Discuss post-test and referral options with the laboratory staff during the visit for sample collection or call our contact number.
It is recommended for people within the age range of 13 - 64 to go for HIV screening once a year. HIV (antibody) screening test is reported as either REACTIVE (Positive) or NON-REACTIVE (Negative) antibody test.
Disclaimer: Laboratory test results are NOT to be interpreted as a "stand-alone" item. Test results have to be interpreted after correlating with suitable clinical findings and additional supplemental information/tests. The meaning of your tests results will be explained by your healthcare providers, based on additional information you provide them.