HIV Testing in Amritsar

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Here is everything that you wish to know about  HIV Testing in Amritsar!

What is an HIV Test?

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. This virus weakens a person’s immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection. If HIV is not treated, it can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). There is currently no effective cure for HIV.

The virus can be transmitted through contact with infected blood, semen, or vaginal fluids. Many people get this virus through sharing needles, syringes while using drugs or vaginal, anal or oral sex.

What are the Symptoms of HIV infection?

The disease is usually asymptomatic until it progresses to AIDS. AIDS symptoms include weight loss, fever or night sweats, fatigue, and recurrent infections. But in some cases within a few weeks of HIV infection, flu-like symptoms such as fever, sore throat, and fatigue can occur.

No cure exists for AIDS, but strict adherence to antiretroviral regimens (ARVs), can slow down the disease’s progress as well as & prevent secondary infection. Vaccines for HIV are under trial, but no effective vaccine has been developed to date.

Should I get myself tested for HIV if I don’t have any risk factors?

Many HIV-positive people are unaware that they are infected with the virus. Less than 1% of the sexually active urban population had been tested and this proportion is even lower in other populations.  The only way to know your HIV status is to get tested. Knowing your status gives you powerful information to keep you and your family/partner healthy.

Everyone between the ages of 15 to 65 needs to be tested for HIV. Testing post-exposure is recommended immediately and then at 3. Weeks, 6. Weeks, 3. Months, and 6. Month’s intervals. People with certain risk factors should get tested more often. All pregnant people should get tested for HIV, so they can take steps to stay healthy and protect their baby.

Do I need to go to the lab for an HIV Test? 

Since it is a blood sample-based test, you may visit the lab to give a Sample, if you can easily walk to the lab. However, samples can be taken from your home or your office lab at the time of your convenience if you wish to do so.

We are an ISO 9001: 2015 Certified Healthcare Service provider in Amritsar.

Our phlebotomists/technicians are highly trained and always ready to fulfill your Blood test Requirements. It is our mission to make quality healthcare services available to every individual.

We understand how necessary a health test can be in the case of a serious illness and how important it is, in the case of preventive health care to detect a disease at the earlier stages, to find a cure.

Just make a call at our pathology lab, fix a time of your convenience for Blood withdrawal, and get all your required blood tests performed in the comfort of your own home or office.

The tests are carried over by highly qualified professionals performing their jobs with complete accuracy on next-level medical technology in the lab. Online reports are generated almost the same day, reducing the overall Turnaround Time.

Is there any specific preparation required before getting an HIV test?

Preparing for an HIV test generally requires minimal effort, but there are a few considerations to ensure accurate results and a smooth testing process:

General Preparation

  1. Fasting: Unlike some other medical tests, fasting is not required for HIV testing.
  2. Medications: Continue taking any prescribed medications unless advised otherwise by your healthcare provider.
  3. Timing: HIV antibodies can take some time to develop after exposure. The “window period” can vary, so consider the timing of your test:
    • Antibody Tests: Detect HIV antibodies, typically effective 3-12 weeks post-exposure.
    • Antigen/Antibody Tests: Detect both HIV antibodies and antigens (p24), typically effective 2-6 weeks post-exposure.
    • Nucleic Acid Tests (NATs): Detect the virus itself, usually effective 10-33 days post-exposure.

Specific Considerations

  1. Informed Consent: Be prepared to give informed consent, which may involve understanding the test and its implications.
  2. Mental Preparation: Be ready to receive the results, regardless of the outcome. It’s helpful to consider having a support system in place.
  3. Avoid High-Risk Behaviour: Refrain from high-risk behaviors such as unprotected sex or sharing needles between the time of potential exposure and your test to avoid further risk.

Practical Tips

  1. Identification: Bring a form of ID, as some clinics may require it.
  2. Insurance Information: If applicable, bring your insurance card or details.
  3. Appointment Confirmation: Verify if you need an appointment or if walk-ins are accepted at the testing site.

Emotional Support

  1. Counseling Services: Many testing centres provide pre- and post-test counseling. Take advantage of these services for emotional support and to discuss potential next steps.
  2. Support System: Consider bringing a friend or family member for support, if allowed by the testing facility.

Post-Test Considerations

  1. Follow-Up: Understand the need for follow-up tests if the initial test is positive or if you were tested during the window period.
  2. Results Timing: Be aware of how and when you will receive your results. Some tests can provide results within minutes, while others may take several days.

To Book an appointment for Home Blood Sample Collection, either for taking an HIV Test  or for a specific test for a disease or as prescribed by your Doctor  OR for a preventive Full Body Check-up,

Just, make a Call at 9988007576, 9988357500.

Yuvraj Path Labs is always there at your Service.

You just need to dial a number to avail Best Pathology Lab Services in the Holy City of Amritsar.