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An HIV infection may proceed asymptomatic for many years. Symptoms occur primarily in advanced disease and sometimes a few weeks after infection (called primary infection).
It is important to diagnose HIV infection with a HIV test as early in the process as possible, both to the patient can be monitored optimally and receive treatment when this is indicated, partly from infectious disease standpoint.
HIV serology: HIV Ab / Ag Combo HIV Test at home. At strong suspicion blood sample
It takes one to a few weeks before HIV antibodies begin to form. If the sampling is done early in the process can antibody tests show "false" negative results. In these cases, often the antigen test is positive if the patient is symptomatic primary HIV infection. HIV RNA by PCR will be positive even earlier in the process and can exceptionally be the strong suspicion of primary HIV infection.
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Apart from primary infection is an HIV infection is usually asymptomatic until the number of T-helper cells (CD4 + cells) decreased to less than 350 x 106 / L. The duration of the asymptomatic stage of the disease can vary from a few years to> 10-15 years. The higher the viral replication (can be measured by quantitative HIV RNA PCR in plasma), the faster decline in CD4 cells and disease progression to AIDS.
2/3 of newly diagnosed HIV in Canada is called "late presenters", CD4 <350, many have sought medical care in the past where HIV diagnosis overlooked. By expanding HIV testing for indicator diseases where the expected prevalence is relatively high, more undiagnosed HIV infections diagnosed.
Indicator Diseases is expected HIV prevalence> 0.1% of the Canada population
A person can be infected with HIV virus and not show any symptoms, a HIV test at home is the only way to know for sure and be absolute anonyms. At canadahometest.com do we offer the latest HIV 5th generation HIV test.