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HIV Combo (Antigen And Antibody) Test in Asansol

Also known as HIV 1 & 2 Ab/Ag Duo
You need to provide
Blood
This test is for
Male, Female
Test Preparation
  1. No special preparation is required.
  2. A duly filled Consent form for HIV testing & Pre-test counselling (Annexure - CR/01) is mandatory.

Understanding HIV Combo (Antigen And Antibody) Test in Asansol


What is HIV Combo (Antigen And Antibody) Test in Asansol?

An HIV Combo (Antigen And Antibody) Test is an advanced (fourth-generation) screening test for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection that simultaneously detects HIV p24 antigen and antibodies associated with HIV (type 1 and 2). The p24 antigen is the first marker of the presence of HIV in the body. Since the p24 antigen is usually detectable a few days before HIV antibodies, this test helps reduce the window period for HIV detection. The test helps in the early diagnosis if an HIV infection is suspected. However, additional testing is required to make a confirmatory diagnosis. It is available at an affordable price with Tata 1 mg labs in Asansol. 

This test is advised for individuals who are at an increased risk of HIV infection such as those who have an HIV-positive sex partner, have multiple sexual partners, are homosexual, and who share needles frequently. Also, annual screening is advised for those who are identified to be at high risk for HIV infection.

Fasting is not required before this test. However, a duly filled consent form for HIV testing & Pre-test counseling (Annexure - CR/01) is mandatory at the time of sample collection.

What does HIV Combo (Antigen And Antibody) Test measure?

An HIV Combo (Antigen And Antibody) Test simultaneously detects HIV p24 antigen and antibodies associated with HIV 1 & 2. The HIV p24 antigen is the most abundant HIV protein and its detection is used clinically to diagnose an HIV infection early on since HIV-specific antibodies are not detectable in a very recently acquired infection. HIV-1 was discovered first and is the most widespread, whereas HIV-2 is more than 55% genetically different from HIV-1. The transmission rate of HIV-2 is also slower than HIV-1. 

Answers to Patient Concerns & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about HIV Combo (Antigen And Antibody) Test in Asansol


Frequently Asked Questions about HIV Combo (Antigen And Antibody) Test in Asansol

Q. Why is an HIV Combo (Antigen And Antibody) Test performed?

An HIV Combo (Antigen And Antibody) Test is performed to diagnose individuals suspected of acquiring HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infection.

Q. What does an HIV Combo (Antigen And Antibody) Test measure?

An HIV Combo (Antigen And Antibody) Test detects antibodies against HIV 1 & 2 and also detects the HIV p24 antigen. This test can detect HIV infection as early as 18 to 45 days after the person has been exposed to the virus.

Q. Is there any risk associated with an HIV Combo (Antigen And Antibody) Test?

There is usually no risk associated with this test. However, some people may feel a slight sting when a needle is pricked and may experience some bleeding that is normal and usually not bothersome. Rarely, some people may also experience slight swelling or bruising at the site of the needle prick. Applying ice 3-4 times a day for about a week may help reduce swelling and bruising. If it does not get better, consult your doctor.

Q. How is an HIV Combo (Antigen And Antibody) Test performed?

A phlebotomist (a trained professional to perform blood draws) will clean your skin using an antiseptic alcohol cotton swab or wipe and take blood samples from your vein using a needle. The blood sample will be stored safely and transported to the laboratory for analysis.

Q. Can I schedule an HIV Combo (Antigen And Antibody) Test test online in Asansol near me?

Yes. In Asansol, you can schedule an HIV Combo (Antigen And Antibody) Test test near you with Tata 1mg Labs. The test is easy to book, cost-effective, and available with a comprehensive report.

Q. Is home sample collection facility available for an HIV Combo (Antigen And Antibody) Test in Asansol with Tata 1mg Labs?

Yes, home sample collection for an HIV Combo (Antigen And Antibody) Test is readily available in Asansol. Tata 1mg Labs allows you to choose a date and time that suits your schedule for sample collection.

Q. How can I schedule an HIV Combo (Antigen And Antibody) Test with Tata 1mg Labs in Asansol?

If you want to schedule an HIV Combo (Antigen And Antibody) Test with Tata 1mg Labs in Asansol, the procedure is fairly easy and hassle-free. Follow these steps to book a test: 1). Visit the Lab Tests section on the Tata 1mg website. 2). Add the test you want in the cart. 3). Pick a time and date slot according to your convenience; however, do consider the necessary prerequisites while scheduling a test. 4). You will receive a notification with all the details once the test is scheduled.

Q. How can I get my HIV Combo (Antigen And Antibody) Test report from Tata 1mg?

The e-report of your HIV Combo (Antigen And Antibody) Test can be found on the Tata 1mg app in downloadable PDF form. This allows you to access your test results at convenience and securely share them with your healthcare provider for further consultation and guidance regarding your overall health. You can also opt for a hard copy of the reports at a minimal price.

Q. What is the cost of an HIV Combo (Antigen And Antibody) Test at Tata 1mg Labs in Asansol?

Tata 1mg Labs is a pocket-friendly platform for booking lab tests in Asansol. An HIV Combo (Antigen And Antibody) Test is available at an affordable price of Rs. 425.

Q. How long does Tata 1mg Labs take to give the reports of an HIV Combo (Antigen And Antibody) Test in Asansol?

We at Tata 1mg Labs recognize the value of prompt results. We strive to deliver test results with quick turnaround times so you can receive the information promptly. The reports of an HIV Combo (Antigen And Antibody) Test in Asansol are often provided in 48 hours.
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References

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  4. Pebody R. HIV-1 and HIV-2 [Internet]. UK: Nam aidsmap; Jan. 2021 [Accessed 04 Jan. 2024]. Available from: https://www.aidsmap.com/about-hiv/hiv-1-and-hiv-2 External Link
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