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HIV Testing – FAQ

 

HIV Test FAQ

When should I test for HIV?
Should I also test for other STDs?
What are the symptoms of HIV?

HIV PCR Test FAQ

What is HIV PCR?
What is it used for?
When can I take the PCR test?
How do I take the PCR test?
What is the accuracy of the HIV PCR test?
What is the difference between HIV 1 and 2?
Can I also test for other STDs at the same time?

HIV Test FAQ

When should I test for HIV?

HIV screening is all about timing. The right test at the right time means accuracy.

If your exposure was less than 3days ago, see Our Doctors at Our Clinics immediately and discuss if you need PEP.

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If your exposure was 10 to 12 days ago, you should do the HIV RNA PCR.

Results may take 1 to 2 weeks. The lab can expedite the results within a week for a surcharge of $100.

If your exposure was 28 days ago, you should do the HIV P24 Ag/Ab Combo test.

This test is done in the clinic and results take 20 minutes.

If your exposure was 3 months or more ago, you should do the HIV Antibody Rapid Test.

This test can be done with either blood or saliva.

This test is done in the clinic and takes 20 minutes.

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Also, test for HIV if you develop symptoms of Fever, Muscle Aches, Rashes, Sore Throat and Enlarged Lymph Nodes. Please remember that these symptoms are not present in everyone with HIV so please go for screening if you think you are at risk even though you do not have any symptoms.

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Should I also test for other STDs?

If you have been exposed to HIV then it is very likely that you have been exposed to other STDs. Because of this, we highly recommend that you also screen for other STDs such as Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Hepatitis, Herpes and Warts.

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What are the symptoms of HIV?

The earliest symptoms of HIV appear at about 3 weeks after exposure. The most common symptoms are Fever, Muscle Aches, Rashes, Sore Throat and Enlarged Lymph Nodes. These symptoms usually disappear after 2 weeks.

Please remember that these symptoms are not present in everyone with HIV so please go for screening if you think you are at risk even though you do not have any symptoms.

HIV then remains silent for many years until it causes AIDS.

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What is PEP?

PEP stands for Post Exposure Prophylaxis.

It is a regimen of medications that can prevent the onset of HIV in people who have had very high-risk exposure to HIV. It MUST be started within 72 hours of exposure.

Have you been exposed to HIV infected fluids?

Have you had a high risk sexual contact with a high risk partner?

Did your condom break?

If any of these occurred in the last 72 hours, do not hesitate. See Our Doctors at Our Clinics now.

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What if the Rapid Test is positive for HIV?

We will draw a blood sample and send it to the laboratory for a confirmatory test called a Western Blot. This test will STILL BE ANONYMOUS.

The Western Blot test will take 2 to 3 weeks for results.

What if the Western Blot test is positive for HIV?

This confirms a HIV infection.

Our doctor will counsel you on the various treatment options available.

Everything up to this point is STILL ANONYMOUS. You are NOT REQUIRED to disclose any personal information.

What if I choose to disclose my personal information?

You may choose to disclose you personal data purely on a VOLUNTARY BASIS or if you choose to attain treatment at the Singapore Communicable Diseases Centre.

If you do so, these are the notification requirements in accordance with the Infectious Diseases Act of Singapore:
• HIV positive people are required by law to disclose their HIV status to their sexual partners before engaging in sexual intercourse.
• HIV positive people are recommended to disclose their HIV status to medical and dental personnel performing invasive procedures on them.
• The HIV positive person is encouraged to get his/her sexual partners and others who might be exposed (such as children of HIV positive mothers) to test.
• The person will also be referred to the Communicable Disease Centre (CDC) of Tan Tock Seng, which is the national referral center for HIV/AIDS for further management.
• Apart from the above situations, no one (including employers and other family members) will be notified, as the Infectious Disease Act protects the identity of HIV infected people and prohibits the unwarranted disclosure of information, which can identify someone as being HIV positive.

What if I find out I’m HIV positive?

Do not panic.

HIV is not a death sentence. You still can lead a very productive and normal life while living with HIV.

Modern medicines are extremely effective in controlling the disease. HIV can be managed as a chronic disease.

You will need to see a doctor and have some tests done. If your immune system is still healthy you do not even need to start taking any medicines.

If you choose to see a doctor in Singapore to get treated for HIV, you will be required to disclose your personal information.

Alternatively, we can help you make arrangements with our various international partner hospitals for you to seek treatment outside of Singapore. Please speak to us to find out more.

Too Worried to Wait?

The FASTEST way to find out if you have been infected with HIV or not to do the HIV PCR Test 12 days after the potential exposure.

The next earliest accurate test is the HIV Combo test at 28 days post exposure. Click here to learn more.

All other HIV tests are subject to a 3 months window period. In other words, you have to wait for 3 months before knowing for sure if you have been infected with HIV or not. In this time, you can potentially spread it to your sexual partners without even realizing it.

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HIV PCR Test FAQ

What is HIV PCR?

HIV PCR stands for Human Immuno-deficiency Virus Polymerase Chain Reaction.

What is it used for?

It is a blood test that is used to determine the amount of HIV virus in a person’s blood.

The PCR test is very useful to find a very recent infection 10 to 12 days post exposure, determine if an HIV infection is present when antibody test results were uncertain, and screen blood or organs for HIV before donation.

When can I take the PCR test?

The PCR test can be taken as early as 10 to 12 days after exposure to HIV.

If it is still within 72 hours since your exposure to HIV please find out more about PEP.

How do I take the PCR test?

Come to Our Clinics anytime during our opening hours. We are Open on Saturdays and Sundays.

You do not need to fast for this test.

The results will be available in about 1 to 2 weeks. The lab can expedite the results to within a week for a surcharge of $100.

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What is the accuracy of the HIV PCR test?

It is 100% accurate if done 10 days after exposure.

False positive results are more common than false negatives due to the PCR test’s sensitivity, so all positive results must be double checked using a standard antibody test.

Also, the HIV PCR test can only test for HIV 1.

What is the difference between HIV 1 and 2?

At the Autumn conference of the British HIV Association in November 2007, Dr Kamal Mansinho from the Egas Moniz Hospital, Lisbon, Portugal gave an overview of HIV-2 and how it differed from HIV-1.

His main points were that HIV-2 is a less virulent, less aggressive and less harmful virus than HIV-1, with a five to nine fold lower probability of its sexual transmission

HIV 2 is almost exclusively found in West Africa and a person is at risk only if he or she has a high-risk exposure to a West African who is known to be HIV positive.

Can I also test for other STDs at the same time?

Yes. In fact, we encourage testing for other STDs during the same visit as your PCR test.

It will give you complete peace of mind once all the STDs have been tested for and if necessary, treated.

Also, it will save you from coming back on a separate occasion for STD screening and suffer another needle poke.

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Do not hesitate. Come to Our Clinic now for a HIV test. All results are fully anonymous and confidential.
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Need more advice?

Come down to Our Clinics for a discussion with Our Doctors, or call our clinics for more information:

1.) Robertson Walk – Anonymous HIV Clinic  (+65 6238 7810)

2.) Bencoolen Street (+65 6884 4119)

3.) Novena Medical Centre (+65 6397 2095)

4.) Scotts Medical Centre (+65 6694 2348)

5.) Somerset – Orchard Building (+65 6262 0762)

 

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Selected clinics are open on Saturday and Sunday.

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All Our Doctors are Fully Certified and Trained to conduct specialised HIV Testing.

For lady patients who prefer female doctors, we have professional certified female Doctors to attend to your medical needs.


Please email your queries, feedback and suggestions on what other topics you want to see in the comments section below.

More on HIV symptoms.

If you had a high risk exposure to HIV within the past 72 hours, you can take medicines to reduce your risk of actually contracting HIV.

Find out more on HIV PEP Treatment.

If you need a HIV test visit Our Clinics anytime during our opening hours. You do not need an appointment.

Find out more about Anonymous HIV testing at our clinics.

Can’t wait for 3 months to find out? Find out more about Anonymous Rapid HIV Combo test at our clinics.

Or find out more about HIV symptoms.

If you feel that you are at risk, please contact us to make an appointment for the HIV testing/screening.


Related Topics:

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How long can HIV live outside the body?

HIV – Understanding the Window Period

Cost of HIV/STD Testing at our Clinics

Screening for Genital Herpes

When and How to test for Syphilis

About Dr. Tan
Dr. Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2001. His residency was in the two largest public hospitals in Singapore; Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Singapore General Hospital.

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982 Comments

  1. Hi doc, may I know if I’m having a cut on my finger and if there are a drink pour on my wound, if the drink itself have HIV bacteria can it goes into my wound amd separate? I’m working in a hotel restaurant, facing lots of customer and just wonder will it be happened or not.

    Thank you

  2. mathew

    Hi Dr, i had an unusual exposure. for your information, there are no sexual contact or any touching based on my recall. i just seat on the chair talking with the sex workers at the room and she was cover by clothes and i never asking for take out clothes and i never take out my clothes as well. the whole exposure was happen in 2 weeks ago. i was worried about few things even i ask back the sex workers whether got any sexual contact but she clarified that no sex was happen during we meet. i was stress and guilty then i was conduct a hiv 1 pcr rna viral loads test at 11 days from the exposure. the result was undetectable viral loads. dr can i know how much accuracy or is the test conclusive or not? as i was read the article from your post that “the test was conduct at 10 days” is 100% accurate. can i take this as the conclusive result at 11 days post exposure?

    • That is not an unusual exposure – that is not an exposure at all. Zero risk. So yes of course your test is conclusive.

      • mathew

        dr Jonathan, thank for replying. regardless of risk, can the pcr rna viral loads test can detect if it is there?

      • Mathew

        dr i cant recall any sexual contact involved as during the time i was seating at the chair without close to her or her bed. but dr if really exposure, can my pcr rna test detected at 11 days just same as the articles say 10 to 12 days is 100%?

  3. I have a sex with a csw and condom breaks after Imonth I feel muscle pain and joint pains.I took drugs n i was relieved after a week.The following week I have a very high temperature that lasted for 4days.please help am I at risk

    • Your exposure does pose a potential risk for HIV and other STD transmission. Please visit us for a proper consult and testing if you are concerned.

  4. Hello Doctor – a quick question. I had visited an ENT Doctor about 2 weeks back. He had seen my throat through a flexible laryngoscope on the video and took some pictures. I did not see any visible blood on the. Scope. Is there any HiV risk if the scope is not cleaned properly and some microscopic blood is left on the scope. He did not prick me and there was no bleeding. The whole procedure was done in a about 2 minutes. The reason for this question is that exactly 10 days after this, I have been having a fever for about 5 days with some sore throat, cold and some cough as well. There is no rash and very little body pain on 1st day alone. Can you please tell me if there is any HiV risk from this?

  5. Food sharing

    Dear doc,

    If l had eaten a food that chewed by someone, I’m not sure weather he have HIV or not. And as I’m having a small ulcer, can it transform HIV?

  6. Hi Dr. Is the result of Duo Ag/Ab test at 65 days conclusive? It came out negative. Shall I be worried? Thanks

  7. Sir – I have a question on potential exposure. I visited a Doctor in India for ear wax cleaning. The Doctor cleaned both the ears with a curette.it was quick and about 30 seconds in each ear. In one ear,there was slight bleeding due to a minor scrape / abrasion. After the procedure, the nurse directly kept the curette in a box without sanitizing it. I was worried by this. Is there any risk If there was blood from previous patient on the device and that got in touch with my scrape? My bleeding was minor only and there was no pain after that. Also, I did not see any visible blood on the device. I am only worried about any microscopic blood on the device which would have come in contact with my minor scrape? Please let me know if there is any risk here. Thanks for your help on this.

    • Dr. Julian Ng

      Hi,

      The risk of HIV transmission would be low. However, if you are concerned, please visit a doctor for further evaluation. If you like, you can visit us at: http://drtanandpartners.com/where-to-find-us/

      • I thought this is a no risk situation as I did not see any visible blood on the curette and that the ear has a skin and a minor scrape does not provide access to blood stream. Please let me know

  8. somen singha

    This is somen from Bangladesh.I have made 3 stupid mistakes in my life and I am paying heavily for this Episode. #1 october 29,2014 I had protected vaginal sex with a female csw.I also french kissed her.Later found the girl HIV+.After 5 weeks I experienced severe flue type illness.Swollen lymph nodes under jaw and neck,loose stool,hedeach,severe muscle and joint pain,rash on both arm. I have tested after 3 months with 3rd generation rapid test,after 5 months with 3rd generation elisa, after 6.5 months with 3rd generation rapid test.All are negative. Episode 2# July 16 2017 I had protected oral and protected vaginal sex with a female csw.Don’t know why? Vaginal part only lasted 10-15 seconds.The girl seemed a consistent condom user.No real symptom aftee 1-4 weeks. Episode 3 # October 17 2017 I had protected vaginal sex with a csw.She offered me to have sex without a condom for extra charge.But she assured me she gets tested every month. Now you are thinking what’s the real problem…Actually I’m experiencing the symptom of overt aids.Loosing weight,fatigue,dizziness,swollen lymph nodes,loose stool,stomach upset,nail fungus,clubbing nail are making my life hell.From 2-3 days I’m experiencing dementia.My HIV doctor suggests me to see a psychriatist.He says it is inpossible to develop aids due to first exposure because all of my ab tests are negative and it is very unlikely to develop aids in a very short time after second and third exposure… I don’t know what to do? I cry and pray to God.Ive ruined my life

    • Somen singha

      This is somen from Bangladesh.I have made 3
      stupid mistakes in my life and I am paying
      heavily for this Episode. #1 october 29,2014 I
      had protected vaginal sex with a female csw.I
      also french kissed her.Later found the girl HIV
      +.After 5 weeks I experienced severe flue type
      illness.Swollen lymph nodes under jaw and
      neck,loose stool,hedeach,severe muscle and
      joint pain,rash on both arm. I have tested after 3
      months with 3rd generation rapid test,after 5
      months with 3rd generation elisa, after 6.5
      months with 3rd generation rapid test.All are
      negative. Episode 2# July 16 2017 I had
      protected oral and protected vaginal sex with a
      female csw.Don’t know why? Vaginal part only
      lasted 10-15 seconds.The girl seemed a
      consistent condom user.No real symptom aftee
      1-4 weeks. Episode 3 # October 17 2017 I had
      protected vaginal sex with a csw.She offered
      me to have sex without a condom for extra
      charge.But she assured me she gets tested
      every month. Now you are thinking what’s the
      real problem…Actually I’m experiencing the
      symptom of overt aids.Loosing
      weight,fatigue,dizziness,swollen lymph
      nodes,loose stool,stomach upset,nail
      fungus,clubbing nail are making my life
      hell.From 2-3 days I’m experiencing
      dementia.My HIV doctor suggests me to see a
      psychriatist.He says it is inpossible to develop
      aids due to first exposure because all of my ab
      tests are negative and it is very unlikely to
      develop aids in a very short time after second
      and third exposure… I don’t know what to do? I
      cry and pray to God.Ive ruined my life

  9. Richard

    Hi dr. I had a unprotected exposure to possible hiv on january 15th and i started getting all the symptoms by 2 weeks. I tested negative at 14 days via duo and negative at 28 days with a 4 generation test but yet i still have facial flushing & rash plus my doc just told me my cortisol was high and i have rosacea all of a sudden. I tested with oraquick oral yesterday at 8 weeks post and again negative. Do you feel im ok?

    • Dr. Julian Ng

      Hi,

      Your test results are conclusive. But you should see your doctor for follow up of your symptoms which are not HIV related.

      • Richard Westcott

        Thank you so much Dr Julian. I have been horrible with anxiety and was put on 2 meds to help with that but everyday I feel and think my body has changes that are not normal to me. I have to retest per my doc in another month so fingers crossed.

  10. HIV test

    Hi doc,
    I had made a test on 26th days in BP lab and it comes result negative, on the 3rd month I did a test in Pathlab it was nonreactive. May I know is this result accurate?

  11. Sir – How many days after a flu vaccine can someone have a DUO test to avoid false positives? Thanks for your time.

    • Dr. Julian Ng

      Hi,

      I assume you are referring the the HIV Combo test. If so, there is no issue of the vaccine interacting with the test.

      • Yes sir. I am referring to combo test only. I see that some people have had false positives after H1N1 / flu vaccine. So, how many days should I wait to take test to avoid false positive. Thanks for your help and time on this

  12. Sir – I have a query on whether I had a risk. I was driving a car in India and hit a motorbike from behind. I went to help the man up with his motorbike. I did not see him bleeding, but I cannot be sure. After that, I saw a small prick in my finger with little blood dot. Again, I did not feel any prick and it may be chapped fingers that I have. 2 weeks after this incident, I have been tired now for the last 4 days or so.

    Is there any risk of HIV from this incident? I am worried that he got pricked, left some blood and I got pricked at the same place where he might have left some little blood. Even if there is little risk, please let me know. Thanks for your help on this

  13. I engaged into anal unprotected sex November 18 2018, 
    I had to treat myself for std (Gonorrhoea). Around December 28th 2017, i started feeling a mild burning sensation in my throat but I don’t have Problem swallowing, eating or drinking water till date. The burning Sensation is still there and this un stop  headache just aching me. 
    I want to know what could have caused that. What can I do to stop all these. Waiting for your reply in anticipation.

  14. Hi dr Tan am I at rick I had oral sex for less then 5mins and I cum in her mouth she is a sex worker

    • Your risk of HIV is negligible. But you are at risk of other STDs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis. It is best to visit us for a proper consult and assessment.

  15. Dear drs, Me and my buddy were having mutual masturbation. After a while, I cum and my semen were all over my penis head.. then suddenly my Friend who was masturbating halfway then uses his hand (the same hand that he uses to stroke his penis) to touch my penis head that has my cum. I immediately brushed his hand away. Under this situation, I’m afraid his hand might have contained his semen and when his hand touched my penis head, some of his semen might have contacted my penis head with my cum. Am I at risk of contracting hiv?

  16. I am a male. I went to massage parlor. After having massage the massage girl Fingered my anus for about 10secs. I think 1cm of her finger went inside my anus. After that I thought it was a risk I told her to stop it.
    No sex, No oral sex.
    Only Hand job and fingering my anus.

    The massage girl told that her Hand was clean.
    Also after the massage the girl washed her hand and then I checked there is no blood or cut or sore in her finger.

    Suppose without knowingly while Fingering my anus what if a drop of blood went inside my anus would this cause Hiv ?

    I am very much worried On cause of Hiv from Anal Fingering by the massage girl for 10secs.

    Any risk is there doctor ?
    Its been only 12hrs only do I need pep for this Exposure ?

    As for as I have known there is no cut or blood in the massage girl hand.
    But what if there is a Small pin size cut in her finger while fingering my anus a drop of blood went inside my rectum. Will this cause HIV ?

    Thanks you doctor.

  17. Rayan Chan

    I recently got tested with Alere HIV combo duo and doctor informed me that result would be ready in 10 min. He conluded the result at 15-16 min that it is Negative.
    Your clinic recommends 20 min wait time. What is the reason for this discrepancy? Is it that this test is conclusive at 10 minutes?

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