Best HIV Test
When it comes to testing for HIV or AIDS, you want your testing to be accurate, safe, discreet and reliable. In modern health care, there are three tests broadly available. These include antibody tests, combination or fourth generation tests, as well as nucleic acid tests. All of them could be performed using urine, blood, or sexual fluids. The most accurate tests come from blood, and at myLAB Box™ we take our testing very seriously. If you order a kit from us, whether through a combo box or individual test, results are obtained using a combo Antigen/Antibody ELISA for the qualitative detection of HIV p24 antigen and antibodies to HIV type 1 (HIV-1 groups M and O) and HIV type 2 (HIV-2) in human blood. We know this is a mouthful, but be certain that we take this type of testing very seriously.
What’s the Difference Between HIV and AIDS?
HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It weakens your immune system by destroying important cells that are needed to fight off other diseases or infections. This virus is passed from person to person via blood or bodily fluids. The most common ways to become infected are through vaginal, anal or oral sex.
During the early stages of HIV, your symptoms may seem similar to the flu. Headaches, fever, sore throat and a body rash are usually the most common symptoms. Other flu-like symptoms may include swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, nausea, night sweats, muscle aches and joint pains.
In the latest stages, HIV develops into Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS. Contrary to popular belief, AIDS is not a separate virus. It’s actually a set of symptoms that make up the most severe phase of the HIV infection.
AIDS affects over two million people worldwide and leaves their immune systems significantly damaged. This makes them susceptible to dangerous infections and diseases.
To date, medical science has not developed a cure for HIV. Fortunately, this STI can still be controlled with proper treatment and care. But in order to be treated you must first realize that you are infected. That’s where testing comes in.
Why you should get tested for HIV?
Unfortunately, when HIV is contracted you show very few symptoms. In fact, many people go asymptomatic for years. The only sign of infection comes from flu-like symptoms and body aches that appear around two weeks after initial contact with an infected person. This makes getting diagnosed very difficult and rarer than we would like to see. Other symptoms include headaches, fevers, tiredness, swollen lymph nodes, and rashes. These symptoms are so regular that recognizing them as early onset HIV symptoms never really happens. The Center for Disease Control recommends that you get routinely tested between the ages of 13-64. When you do decide to get tested, test confidently with myLAB Box™. Read about the effects on untreated HIV here. Most HIV tests are fairly accurate at detecting HIV, but no HIV test can detect the virus directly following contamination. How quickly an analysis can detect infection depends upon several factors, including the type of test being used. In general, nucleic acid tests (NAT) can detect HIV the soonest, followed by combination or fourth generation tests, and then antibody tests. At myLAB Box™ our combined test works to give you accurate and lab test results that inform you of any presence of HIV in your system. We’ll also follow up with information and options if your test comes back positive.
No safe and effective cure currently exists, but with proper medical care, HIV can be managed and controlled. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) can dramatically prolong the lives of those people infected with HIV and lower their chance of infecting others. Before the introduction of ART in the mid-1990s, people with HIV could progress to AIDS in just a few years. Decades ago, America saw thousands of innocent people succumb to AIDS. Today, someone diagnosed with HIV and treated before the disease is advanced can have a nearly normal life expectancy.
Here’s the myLAB Box process:
- 1-3 days after you click “order,” your test package will arrive at your door in a discreet package.
- It only takes 5 minutes to complete the test. For HIV testing, this requires a small sample of blood.
- Pop your sample back in the mail using our return-addressed stamped envelope.
- Receive lab-certified results online in just a few days.
myLAB Box’s results are processed at certified labs within the United States. In the end, these are the same lab-certified test results that you would receive from a clinic or doctor. The only real difference is that now you can avoid the hassle and inconvenience of testing in person.
Smash the Stigma
Try as we might to get rid of it, there is still a powerful stigma that surrounds the discussion around HIV and AIDS. In fact, it stands in the way of many people ever being tested. Misguided notions about the transmission of HIV often prevent many people from even seeking advice.
Knowing your HIV status is one of the most powerful ways to keep yourself and your partners healthy. While certain groups may seem to be more “at risk” than others, you can never be sure unless you are properly screened.
“Even if you don’t think you’re at risk for HIV, it is still important that you get tested,” says Lora Ivanova, CMO and Co-Founder of myLAB Box. “If you are sexually active, you are at risk. The more of us who know our status, the easier it will become to stop the spread of infection and even save lives.”
Routine Testing is the Key to Stopping HIV
The key to stopping the spread of HIV will always be routine testing. The CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 tests for HIV. At myLAB Box, we recommend that everyone screens for all of the major STIs at least once each year.
National HIV Testing Day offers a wonderful opportunity to put this idea into action. It spreads HIV awareness and encourages us to speak openly about our status.
Early detection can stop the spread of HIV among unknowing carriers and their partners. Whether you test in-person at a clinic or choose to test from home, the key is simply to get tested.