Three reasons to have an HIV test with Better2Know:
- All HIV testing is confidential and anonymous. You can use any name you like to get tested
- All our HIV tests use a blood sample to ensure the most accurate results
- Fastest laboratory based HIV results in Australia
What is HIV?
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a retrovirus that has infected millions of people worldwide. When left undiagnosed and untreated, an HIV infection can lead to a condition known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS. When a person suffers from AIDS, their immune system begins to fail, leading to life-threatening infections that the body would ordinarily be able to fight off naturally.
You can get HIV from contact with infected semen, blood, pre-ejaculate, vaginal fluid and breast milk. Unprotected sex (vaginal and anal) are accepted to be high risk activities for HIV infection. Sharing needles when taking drugs, or any other activity when blood or other bodily fluids are exchanged between people, also puts you at high risk of contracting HIV. It is rare, but completely possible, to contract HIV through oral sex.
In the early stages of HIV infection, symptoms may be mild or non-existent. Shortly after contracting HIV, you may experience flu-like symptoms including fever, sore throat, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, swollen glands and abdominal pains. However, the presence or absence of any of these symptoms should never be interpreted as a diagnosis of your HIV status. The only way to be certain of your HIV status is to get tested.
Did You Know
At the end of 2015, an estimated 25,313 people were living with HIV in Australia, of whom 10% were unaware of their HIV positive status. Read more.
Testing for HIV
Better2Know conducts two types of HIV test in Australia, which detect the virus at various periods of incubation:
- The 10 Day HIV RNA PCR Test is included as part of the Early Detection Screen, which has an incubation period of just 10 days.
- Our 4th generation, 28 Day HIV DUO Test is also available for exposures that occurred at least four weeks ago.
Treatment for HIV
Whilst there remains no cure for HIV, the condition is no longer considered life-threatening if it is detected early and managed appropriately by specialists. With the correct treatment and monitoring, you should remain healthy and can expect to lead a healthy and normal life.
HIV attacks your immune system by reducing the number of CD4 cells that fight off foreign infections and illnesses. This results in an inability to fend off infections that a healthy body would be able to deal with naturally. If left untreated, this will lead to AIDS.
Babies born to HIV infected women may become infected before or during childbirth, or through breastfeeding.
Book your HIV test
To arrange your HIV test with Better2Know today, or to find out more about our other tests, clinics and services in Australia, please call our welcoming Patient Services team on the number above. Alternatively, you can organise your appointment online by selecting the Book Now button at the top of the page.