Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a global epidemic with immense socio-political and health care consequences. HIV-1/HIV-2 is the virus that causes AIDS.
HIV(Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is found in body fluids--blood, semen, vaginal secretions, breast milk--and can be transmitted from person to person through unprotected sexual activity, sharing contaminated needles, blood transfusion, mother to baby in pregnancy and breast feeding, or any way that involves contact with the blood of an infected person.
When a person has become infected with HIV, the body produces antibodies to the virus. For most people, these antibodies can be detected in a blood test by the time 2 to 12 weeks have passed since the exposure. In some cases, it can take up to 6 months. For this reason, it is very important to be aware that a negative (-) HIV test after a potential exposure may not mean an absence of HIV infection.
Being infected with HIV does not necessarily mean you have AIDS. It does mean you will carry the virus in your body for the rest of your life. It also means you can infect other people if you do things - such as have unprotected sex - that can transmit HIV. You can infect others even if you feel fine and have no symptoms of illness. The risk of transmission of HIV can be reduced or prevented by taking certain precautions.
One Step HIV Test™ is a test to determine the presence of HIV in Human Blood. HIV is the cause of (AIDS)
It is an invitro, qualitative, rapid immunoblot assay for the detection of the antibodies to Human Immunodeficiency Virus type 1 (HIV-1) and/or type 2 (HIV-2) in human serum, plasma or whole blood. It is designed as a screening test for individuals at known/unknown risk for HIV infection and as an aid in the diagnosis of an individual who is potentially infected with HIV-1/HIV-2.
The One Step HIV Test™ is designed to be used for invitro diagnostic and screening purposes in hospitals, physicians' offices, medical clinics, medical diagnostic settings and for personal home use. It is an aid only to identify infected individuals.
The benefit of knowing you are truly HIV negative (-) is that appropriate measures may be taken to prevent infection in the future. It may be necessary to retest periodically to confirm test results or if further high-risk exposure occurs.
The benefit of knowing you are truly HIV positive (+) is that appropriate treatment is now available which may prevent or delay progression of the disease, and measures may be learned to prevent infecting others.