“Why do I need to take HIV test if there are no symptoms at all?”
When we advocate regular testing, we always encourage others “not to wait until it’s too late.” Most STD (including AIDS) can be symptoms-free right after infection, or the symptoms might disappear afterwards (DO NOT have false assumption that you have recovered, it’s just that the STD have gone into dormant!)
If you have sexual relationship, we encourage you to perform health check periodically. You will find peace of mind if the result is negative; if once the result is positive then you can receive treatment as soon as possible.
“I have heard other people talking about ‘window period’, what is it about?”
Whether it’s HIV or other STDs, human body needs a certain period of time to produce enough antibodies to defend against the virus (Antibodies are produced once the virus has entered the human body), thus the term “window period”. If you suspect the possibility of infection due to previous sexual encounter, it is suggested to take screening test after the initial window period to improve the accuracy of the test result.
“I get laid all the time; do I have to stop within the window period in order to perform the test?
Not at all! you can perform the test anytime as long as you understand the fact that the test will only show results of the infection took place before the window period. Of course you are encouraged to understand the duration of window period before taking test; if you are sexually active then we encourage a regular checkup (such as 6 months to once a year), this way you can gain the last update.
“I have given blood recently, or I have done a body check, does that means I have done an AIDS test?”
Typically blood donation organization will conduct HIV virus detection test for all donated blood, but you cannot assume the result can clearly indicate your circumstances, because there is a possibility that there are not enough AIDS antibodies generated to trigger the test sensors, and those who received blood transfusion from HIV infected blood will become HIV positive, so please do not donate blood for your own testing purpose!
In regards to body check, unless it is clearly stated that the test includes AIDS or STD diagnostics, otherwise do not assume a “full STDs checkup” is included within the package! (cause every analysis cost extra!)
“I'm scared to find out the results!”
Finding out proactively can become a terrifying pressure, yet “not-knowing” can also become another type of stress. Therefore feel free to come and talk with our staff about your concerns whether you should take the test, but of course the final decision lies in your hands.
“AIDS is terminal anyway, so what's the point if I am positive?”
Currently there are no definitive effective cure that can completely eradicate HIV virus, yet through several adopted treatments it can be contained from spreading within the body. By acknowledge and confront HIV in early stage this enables you to notice changes from your body and seek medical assistance in suitable period and sustain personal health. Not dealing with the disease will let your health deteriorate quickly.
As for other STDs, most of them can be cured completely. “Not knowing, not caring” will only make the matters worse, such as sexual ability, nerve system or liver function damaged.
“Is the rapid testing reliable?”
Our adopted rapid testing accuracy is above 99% as the test is optimized for discovering HIV antibodies existence within the sample. If there are no traces of infection (negative, then you are rest assured that no infection occurred prior to sexual history 3 months ago.
If the rapid testing result shows traces of infection (positive), then it is a preliminary sign that you are exposed to infection, but only through blood or urine testing result can confirm whether you are actually HIV positive. Under such circumstances, it might be better that you are assumed an infection is already take place, yet at the same time you should wait for the final result to be absolutely sure.
“How safe am I during these casual flings?”In order to find out how safe you are, then you are welcomed to learn about HIV and other STDs transmission routes so you can be safe.
HIV virus transmission
In homosexual relationships, direct exposure to blood or semen are the main HIV transmission routes. At the same time it depends on the following criteriaYour sexual partner is in fact HIV positive:
HIV can only spread if either homosexual is already HIV positive and HIV cannot be “developed” through homosexual acts, hence there is no risk of infection if neither one is infected. But the main point is that you have to be 100% certain your partner is HIV-free.Through your partner’s
There are two types of skin tissues that are vulnerable to HIV intrusion into the body. The first type is concus membrane (including membrane covering the head (glans) of the penis or anal canal); this moist layer of epithelial tissue is susceptible to HIV infection from blood or semen even without open wounds. Secondly are skin with open wounds, as the oral skin are much thicker than the head (glans) of the penis or anal canal and the HIV virus can only penetrate the skin through open wounds.
Other STDs infection
Most of the STDs infection routes are similar to HIV virus, which are through a sexual partner’s semen or blood. Some of the STDs are through lesions on head (glans) of the penis, anal canal, wounds at the corner of the mouth, blisters, urethra, or abnormal secretion from the anus and the throat.
Based on the above infection routes, the following high or low sexual activities are considering risks factors for susceptible infection: