HIV Antibody and HIV Antigen Test

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Also known as: HIV Screening Tests; AIDS Test; AIDS Screen; HIV Serology; p24 Antigen
Formal name: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) antibody / antigen test

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To determine if you are infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

When to Get Tested?

When you think you may have been exposed to the virus; once a year if you are at risk of being exposed to the virus; when you doctor thinks your symptoms may be due to HIV; before becoming pregnant or during pregnancy

Sample Required?

A blood sample collected from a vein in your arm or from a fingerprick; some tests can also be performed on urine or saliva (spit)

Test Preparation Needed?