HIV testing: According to WebMD, the most reliable way to detect HIV is through HIV testing.
HIV tests are typically done using a blood or saliva sample and can detect the presence of HIV antibodies in the body. HIV tests are typically accurate within a few weeks of infection and are available at healthcare facilities, community organizations, and online.
HIV symptoms: Some people with HIV may experience symptoms within a few weeks of infection, including fever, rash, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes.
However, it’s important to note that many people with HIV do not experience any symptoms for many years, so HIV testing is the only way to confirm infection.
HIV screening: HIV screening is the process of testing people who may be at risk of HIV infection but do not have any symptoms. HIV screening is typically done through a blood or saliva sample and is often offered as part of routine healthcare or through community organizations.
HIV home test kits: HIV home test kits are available for purchase online or at some pharmacies. These kits allow you to collect a sample at home and send it to a laboratory for testing. It’s important to follow the instructions carefully and to confirm the results with a healthcare provider.
Source: Smart News Media