HIV known as Human Immunodeficiency virus is a sexually transmitted disease that causes AIDS. HIV damages the immunity system of the body which leads to serious illness.
Symptoms of HIV can vary from person to person. HIV symptoms includes:
- Body rash
- Fever & night sweats
- Sore throat
- Nausea & vomiting
- Weaken your immune system
- Swollen glands
- Weight loss
- Skin infection
- Yeast infection in mouth, throat or vagina
HIV is tested with your blood or body fluids sample. Blood screening is done and if the result is positive, the lab will run a confirmation test called an HIV 1 / 2 Antibody differentiations test. This confirmation test will determine an HIV-1 or HIV-2 virus.
When to test:
One to three months after you think you may have been exposed to the virus; once a year if you are at increased risk of being exposed to the virus; when your doctor thinks that your signs and symptoms may be due to HIV; before becoming pregnant or when pregnant.