SafeLabCentre offers confidential and anonymous HIV testing services.
Our highly qualified staff will provide you with the best possible service in a discreet and comfortable environment. We ensure that everyone has access to quality HIV testing services, so we offer competitive rates and discounts for those who need them. Whether you’re worried about a recent exposure or want to get tested for peace of mind, we can help.
HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system. HIV infection can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). AIDS is the most advanced stage of HIV infection and can weaken the body’s ability to fight infection and disease.
If you have HIV, you can still live a long and healthy life. With early diagnosis and treatment, people with HIV can enjoy long and productive lives.
There are two main types of HIV:
More and more people are getting HIV through sex without a condom. Although other ways of transmitting HIV exist, sexual contact is the most common way HIV is spread.
You can get or transmit HIV only through specific activities. People commonly get or transmit HIV through sexual behaviors and needle or syringe sharing.
Sexual activity is one of the main ways that HIV is spread. The virus is present in sexual fluids, including blood, semen, and vaginal secretions. When these fluids contact mucous membranes or open wounds, the virus can enter the bloodstream and infect new cells. Sexual activities that can spread HIV include:
There are a variety of sexual activities that come with a lower risk of HIV transmission. These activities include activities where there is no exchange of body fluids, such as kissing, mutual masturbation, and dry sex. In addition, anal and vaginal sex carries a lower risk if the person with the HIV infection is on antiretroviral medication and their viral load is undetectable.
While these activities are relatively low risk, there is still a chance of transmission. Moreover, you can get other STDs through sexual contact, so always use protection.
The symptoms of HIV can differ depending on the stage of infection. Some may experience a flu-like illness within two to four weeks after infection in the early stages. It can include fever, headache, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes.
Some people may also experience a rash, sore throat, or muscle and joint aches. However, these symptoms can be so mild that they go unnoticed.
As the virus progresses, it weakens the immune system and makes the person more susceptible to other infections and illnesses, which can cause more serious symptoms. These opportunistic infections can affect different parts of the body and cause a wide range of symptoms, including pneumonia, Kaposi’s sarcoma, and meningitis.
AIDS is the most advanced stage of HIV infection, and it can dramatically reduce the function of the immune system and lead to life-threatening health problems.
HIV is typically diagnosed through a blood test. This test looks for antibodies that the body produces in response to the virus. Moreover, the test can also detect the virus itself.
The results of an HIV test can take several days to a few weeks to come back. If you have symptoms of HIV or think you may have been exposed to the virus, it is important to get tested as soon as possible so you will no longer be at risk of infecting others.
There is no cure for HIV, but there are treatments available that can prolong your life and improve your quality of life. These treatments are called antiretroviral therapy (ART). ART involves taking a combination of drugs that target different parts of the virus. These drugs work to prevent the virus from replicating, thus slowing the progression of HIV infection.
In addition to ART, other treatments are available that can help people with HIV manage their symptoms and improve their overall health. These treatments can include prophylactic drugs to prevent opportunistic infections and therapies for addressing mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
There are several things you can do to help prevent the spread of HIV.
Condoms are the most effective way to prevent the spread of HIV. When used correctly, condoms can reduce the risk of transmission by up to 100%. It is important to use condoms every time you have sex, as well as to use water-based lubricants to help reduce friction and tearing.
Pre-exposure Prophylaxis is another way to help prevent the spread of HIV. PrEP is a daily pill taken by people who do not have HIV but are at high risk for infection. When taken consistently, PrEP can reduce the risk of transmission by up to 99%.
Post-exposure Prophylaxis is a short-term medication regimen that can be taken after a possible exposure to HIV. PEP must be started within 72 hours of exposure and must be taken for three days. When taken correctly, PEP can reduce the risk of transmission by up to 99%.
If you think you may have been exposed to HIV or experiencing symptoms of the virus, it is important to get tested as soon as possible. The earlier you are diagnosed, the sooner you can begin treatment and take steps to protect your health.
SafeLabCentre offers confidential testing and counseling services for HIV. We also offer a variety of resources to help you manage your infection and reduce your risk of transmitting HIV to others. Our caring and knowledgeable staff will work with you to ensure that you get the care and treatment you need.
Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment. Together, we can help you take control of your health and your future.
To learn more about HIV testing and more HIV information, please visit: safelabcentre.com/HIV-testing or call 1 (866) 898-8141.