Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the cause of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). This test is used to screen for and diagnose HIV infections.
Anyone who wants to find out if they have been exposed to HIV. The most common cause of HIV infection is having unprotected sex with an infected person. It can also be spread through sharing drug needles or coming into contact with the blood of an infected person. Women can pass the virus to their babies during pregnancy and childbirth.
Swollen glands and flu-like symptoms are often the first signs of early infection. Early treatment for HIV is important to staying well after you have been infected with the virus.
- Human immunodeficiency virus antibody
- p24 antigen
There is no preparation for this test.
Certain public health agencies require notification when this test is positive. They use this information to track emerging trends in infectious disease.
For more information on this test, go to www.aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics.
Newly diagnosed patients will find more information at:
If you need to find HIV care in your area, please go to https://locator.aids.gov/.
HIV Testing Consent
I have been informed that the screening test fails to detect anti-H