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Frequently Asked Questions

1.  What is HIV/AIDS?

AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is a condition caused by HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus).  HIV is a virus that causes a gradual depletion of the immune system leaving a person susceptible to opportunistic infections.

2.  Do I have to worry about false positives?

Due to the common misconception and lack of understanding of the true definition of a false positive, we recommend calling one of our representatives.  However, it is important to understand true false positives are extremely rare and people should never avoid testing because of concerns about "false" positive results.  False negatives can be a true concern, but can easily be avoided if you wait long enough between any potential exposure and the test.  Representatives can explain these waiting times in detail.

3.  What is the difference between antibody and PCR (antigen) testing?

Antibody testing looks for your body's immunological response to a virus (antibodies).  PCR or antigen testing looks directly for the presence of a virus in the body rather than for antibodies to that virus.

4.  Can I have herpes and not show symptoms?

Yes, in fact 30-40% of first infections with Genital Herpes do not show symptoms.  Herpes is also transmittable without symptoms, which is why blood tests for herpes are commonly used to establish infection.

5.  What is Hepatitis?

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by infectious or toxic agents.  While a person may not show any symptoms, hepatitis can be characterized by jaundice, fever, liver enlargement, and abdominal pain.

6.  Should I be worried about Syphilis?

Although Syphilis is not as common as it once was, sexually active adults choose to test for it because it is easily transmittable, can sometimes go unnoticed, and if untreated can lead to serious disease. 

 

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