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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. A venous blood sample is large enough for the confirmatory test to be performed on the same sample, however a positive fingerprick sample will require a second blood sample to be taken. Our customer services team will arrange this if it is needed.
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.
We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.
Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
We will send you your HIV Test (5th Gen) finger-prick blood sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your blood 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.How to collect a finger-prick blood sample
Your HIV Test (5th Gen) includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood 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 sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.
Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your HIV Test (5th Gen) results can be downloaded for your doctor.
Once you have placed your order you can visit my.medichecks.com where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your HIV Test (5th Gen) results.
Stay motivated by filling in your online health and lifestyle questionnaire and seeing how improvements in your lifestyle can influence your results. Your medical and family history gives us vital information when interpreting your results.