HIV Testing and Screening

HIV test showing a positive result.

HIV Testing and Screening – There are many types of HIV tests in the current market which vary in what they look for. Some tests look for the HIV virus in the body while others screen for antigens (which are pieces of proteins from the HIV virus), antibodies or both. Because they vary in what they look for, different HIV tests have different window periods. This is why it is important to see a sexual health doctor so that they can analyse your sexual history and decide on a test with maximum accuracy based on which stage of HIV infection you are in.

 

HIV Testing and Screening & Stage of HIV infection

10 Days after HIV Infection

When someone gets infected with the HIV virus, the virus attaches itself to the DNA of the cells that make up your immune system. It then triggers the cell to replicate millions of copies of the HIV virus. As the amount of virus in the cell increases, the cell bursts and releases the viruses into the blood stream. This triggers a cascading effect and infects more cells in the body. Usually at about 10 days after getting infected with the virus, the person will have millions of viruses in each drop of blood.

This is when the HIV RNA PCR Test comes in handy and will be able to detect the viruses.

14 Days after HIV Infection

About 2 weeks after geting infected, pieces of protein from the outer shell of the HIV virus will start to break and flow through the bloodstream. This is whn the HIV ANTIGEN TEST will be able to detect this protein. This proteins will continue to rise and peak at about 4 weeks after getting infected, making this the most sensitive period to detect the antigens.

28 Days after HIV Infection

At approximately 4 to 6 weeks, your body’s immune cells will start to form different types of special antiodies tailored to fight off the HIV virus. Different tests are able to detect different types of antibodies.

4th Generation HIV Testing will be able to detect HIV at this stage.

 

Over the years there have been many new tests that have been produced to improve the detection rate, however, they may still give false positive results.

 

This is when a person who has not been infected with HIV virus triggers a positive result in the test.

 

Therefore, all positive results will need to be verified before a person is diagnosed with HIV.

 

Rapid HIV Test Kit

Recently, rapid HIV screening kits have been coming more frequently used. It is conducted by the doctor in the clinic itself after obtaining drops of blood from a finger prick instead of sending a tube of blood to the laboratory for testing.

Most rapid kits in the market can give a result within 15 to 20 minutes which results in a shorter waiting time and less anxiety for the patients. Moreover, there is also a rapid HIV kit test which can be done with oral fluids rather than blood. Yes! No finger prick is required.

HIV test showing a positive result.
HIV test showing a positive result.

Anonymous HIV Testing

There are a few centres in Singapore that are approved to perform anonymous HIV screening. That’s right! You do not have to provide any personal particulars to get tested and even if it turns out positive, you will not be notified to any authority.

Our clinic at Robertson Walk is a mandated Anonymous HIV testing centre.

At Dr Tan & Partners, all our Doctors are specially trained to give you the best and latest advice on HIV screening tests. Stop worrying unnecessarily and visit our clinics today.

Questions?


1.) Dr. Tan and Partners @Novena


Men’s Health & Sexual Health Clinic

Dr. Tan Kok Kuan is currently practising in Men’s Health & Sexual Clinic @Novena Medical Centre

Address:
Novena Medial Centre
#08-31, 10 Sinaran Drive
Singapore 307506

Telephone:
+65 6397 2095

Email: [email protected]

Operating Hours:
Monday to Friday
8.30 a.m to 5.30 p.m.

Saturday
9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m

Sunday and Public Holiday
Closed

2.) Dr. Tan and Partners @Somerset


Men’s Lifestyle Clinic


Dr. Taufiq is currently practising in Men’s Lifestyle Clinic @Somerset (Orchard Building) 

Address:
Orchard Building
#10-08, 1 Grange Road
Singapore 239693

Telephone:
+65 6262 0762

Email: [email protected]

Operating Hours:
Monday to Thursday
10.00 a.m to 2.00 p.m. and
3.00 p.m. to 7.00pm

Friday
10.00 a.m to 1.00 p.m. and
2.00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday
9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m

Sunday and Public Holiday
Closed

3.) Dr. Tan and Partners @Robertson


Men’s Health & Anonymous HIV Testing Clinic

Anonymous HIV Testing in Singapore:
(Don’t require any identification, such as passport, NRIC or contact details during registration. )

Dr Deepa and Dr Jonathon Ti are currently practising at @Robertson Branch

Address:
11 Unity Street
#02-07, Robertson Walk
Singapore 237995

Telephone:
+65 6238 7810

Email: [email protected]

Operating Hours:
Monday to Friday
8.00 a.m to 9.00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday
9.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m.

4.) Dr. Tan and Partners @Scotts


Men’s Health Clinic

Dr. Justin Sii & Dr. Elaine are currently practising at our Men’s Health Clinic @Scotts Medical Centre

Address:
9 Scotts Road,
#06-06, Scotts Medical Centre
Singapore 228210

Telephone:
+65 6694 2348

Email: [email protected]

Operating Hours:
Monday to Friday
8.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m.

Saturday
8.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m

Sunday & Public Holiday Closed


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