This latest 5th generation HIV blood test is 99.8% accurate 4 weeks after exposure and differentiates between HIV-1 and HIV-2 thereby identifying early/later infection.
HIV is a virus usually caught by having sex without a condom, although it can also be transferred through blood, breast milk or contaminated needles. The virus systematically weakens and destroys your body's ability to fight infection and illness. It is the main cause of AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).
The latest 5th generation HIV blood test looks for specific HIV antibodies that are produced shortly after infection. By differentiating between HIV-1 and HIV-2 this test can determine whether the infection is recent, leading to faster treatment as well as containment (the risk of transmission is highest in the first 6 months when virus levels are highest). A P24 Antigen test is also carried out to reduce the risk of a false diagnosis.
Due to the sensitive nature and serious implications of a positive result, all tests are checked by a confirmatory test. This way you can sure of a highly accurate and reliable result.
This test is for anybody who is worried that he or she has been exposed to HIV and wish to get an early diagnosis and reduce the risk of transmission.
HIV can sometimes take years to show itself in any physical form. However, once early indications start to show they can appear as flu-like symptoms, headache, fever, sore throat or muscle weakness. Longer term symptoms include weight loss, extreme lethargy and swollen lymph glands.
We will send you your HIV Test (5th Gen) finger-prick blood and sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your blood and sample in the comfort of your own home. If you are unsure about completing a finger-prick blood sample collection you will have the opportunity to select a clinic-based venous blood sample collection or choose to go our London laboratory during the checkout process.
Your HIV Test (5th Gen) includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood and sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood and sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.