PRE and POST EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS HIV
Rapid HIV Screening Test
If you are looking for a HIV screening test or you are looking for PrEP medication or PEP medication, we can help. Medicine for post exposure prophylaxis HIV in Singapore is available here. HIV is a disease in your blood which can cause severe long term damage and even death when left untreated. We can provide you with a rapid HIV test to test your symptoms as soon as possible. The sooner we can conduct the test, the sooner we can find out the results and get you on your way to recovery.
What do we test?
An HIV test is conducted via a blood test. The test itself does not detect HIV itself, but instead helps to search your body for a protein that is found in an HIV cell or an antibody that you have produced to fight against HIV. These tests are extremely reliable and usually correct in nearly every test that we have conducted.
Cheaper 3rd generation test has a 4 to 12-week testing window. The more expensive 4th generation test has a 14 to 28 days window. You will know the result on the spot , by 20 minute of waiting.
If you are unsure if your partners carry HIV virus ,[ this is hard to tell from external appearances since majority of HIV carrier do not have any symptoms within 5 to 10 years ] , we can provide you with , PEP, post exposure prophylaxis, the medicine that you need to prevent the HIV virus from taking a foothold in you. Additionally, we also offer pre exposure prophylaxis HIV services to individuals who are more prone to having risky sexual exposure. By doing this, we can help you greatly decrease the chance of HIV establishing itself in the body reservoir &reduce the likelihood of you developing full blown AIDS syndrome .
How to test for HIV
The type of testing service that you use, as well as the type of test, will depend on how long you may have been exposed by HIV for. In general, signs of HIV do not show up in the blood the moment it is contracted. In general,if it ever shows some hint in terms of “conversion”, it may take around four weeks to show any sign of infection but can take even longer than this.
If you believe that you may have been exposed to HIV within the last three days (72 hours) we can provide post-exposure prophylaxis in Singapore, allowing you to stop an infection from occurring.
If your risk was recent, we always advise taking the test straight away, followed by another two to 4 weeks after your first. This second test will help to confirm your results, as well as potentially pick up any infection that was missed by the first test. If you believe that your risk was in the last three months, please let us know as this will help to determine which test we use. If you try to test yourself, this is not guaranteed to pick up any infection you may have had in the last three months. As a result, if you believed you have been exposed, you should always choose to get tested in person.
For HIV antibody test [ 3rd generation test ], it can take between one to three months for any antibodies in the blood to show up. This means that an HIV test can only be accurate if there have been three months between the initial test and the initial risk. However, if you receive a negative antibody result after four weeks, it is a good sign that the HIV infection has not occurred.
But if you opt for the HIV antigen test [ 4th generation ] , the antigen can be detected between 14 to 28 days after infection.
How often should you test for HIV?
In general, we would advise that being tested at least once a year for HIV as well as any other sexually transmitted infections is best for someone who is sexually active, even if you have not put yourself at any risk. We advise this should be more regular should you have multiple sexual partners within the same year. If you believe that you are more at risk of HIV, we provide services for pre exposure prophylaxis in Singapore, which can help you to protect yourself against the infection.
Why it’s crucial that you test, all results are CONFIDENTIAL
If you are diagnosed with HIV, this means that you can start treatment as soon as possible. This helps you to maintain your health as well as prevent the spread of the virus to anyone else. The sooner your treatment starts, the less likely that you will become extremely ill. For those who spot it early, you can expect to live a normal lifespan, without any of the severe symptoms. After you have received effective treatment and the viral load is no longer detectable, the virus cannot be passed onto anyone else. You can even have condom-less sex with your partner without infecting your partner,even if your partner was never a HIV carrier before ! U=U, undetected viral load means untransmittable!
The longer you wait to have the test, the more damage the virus can do to your body. We offer a wide range of support services to help you overcome the virus and live a happy and healthy life.
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