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The FDA Approved HIV home tests are now here. In most cases HIV/Aids is caused by having unprotected sex. There are however other causes other than unprotected sex which can lead to an individual being infected by the HIV/Aids virus such as blood transfusions and sharing needles. In rare cases, it has been known for pregnant mothers with the virus to infect their unborn baby or by breastfeeding when the baby is born. If you’re worried about having HIV/Aids, for peace of mind, use a HIV Home Test System.

...using the same test procedures that doctors, hospitals and clinics use

The symptoms of HIV/Aids vary from person to person depending on the phase of the infection. In the initial stage people infected with HIV generally develop a flu-like illness within a month or two after the virus has entered the body. This can last for a couple of weeks with symptoms that include:- 

  • Tiredness
  • Fever
  • Weight loss
  • A cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Diarrhea

Many people don’t even realize they have the HIV/Aids virus especially in the first stages. As the disease spreads through the immune system, if left undetected, other telltale signs can be:-

  • Hot night sweats
  •  Unusual lesions and persistent white spots in the mouth
  •  Severe headaches - Distorted or blurred vision
  •  Rashes or bumps on the skin
  •  A weak immune system

The HIV test at home:-

If you’re concerned you may have the symptoms of HIV/Aids, don’t delay in getting tested. Products can now be used in the privacy of your own home so you don’t have to worry about anyone else knowing or embarrassing trips to the clinic.

Home tests kit have been clinically proven to be more than 99% accurate. They are fast, convenient and easy to use. Each test kit comes with a detailed instruction booklet along with illustrations to take you through the process. Just prick your finger tip and place drops of blood on the blood specimen card which is included in the test kit. You only need sufficient blood to fill a small circle which is about the size of a dime. 

Once you have provided a blood sample on the blood specimen card, you sometimes have to send it off for laboratory analysis or it may be a rapid test viewed from your home. At the lab your blood sample will be tested by experienced technicians using the same test procedures that doctors, hospitals and clinics use.

Results are usually available either 20 minutes after a rapid home test or seven days after your sample has arrived at the lab, so you won’t have to wait too long for the result. You will receive your results by phone or alternatively you can request a written copy, it’s up to you.

A positive result means that HIV-1 antibodies were found in the blood sample tested while a negative result shows no signs of the virus. Testing positive is no longer a death sentence and medication and treatment are available.

He Said She Said..."It is bad enough that people are dying of AIDS but no one should die of ignorance" Elizabeth Taylor

HIV AIDS

Approximately 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV and some are even unaware that they have it. Yes, there are higher risk groups but anyone can contract HIV. Finding out you have HIV can be devastating but do not be afraid, there is a lot of help and many resources for you.  There is no cure for HIV or AIDS but there are now treatment and management plans you can follow. It is important that you have all of the right information to keep you informed and help you or a loved one with this condition. Check out some of the following resources.  

HIV at a Glance: www.aids.gov

HIV by the numbers: www.healthline.com

HIV Treatment: www.avert.org

HIV Test Locations: www.aids.gov

National HIV Testing: www.gettested.cdc.gov

Test at Home: www.hometests.com

Finding help and support: www.webmd.com