Rapid HIV PCR Test (Next Day Result)

Ever since HIV was first identified in the 1980s, testing of individuals who may be exposed to the virus was the only way to know whether one has been infected. There is no specific symptom that would be able to identify if an individual is infected or not. Over the last 4 decades or so, improvements have been made to the tests (both to diagnose HIV and for monitoring of treatment) used to identify an infected individual. In particular, the ability of the PCR test to detect levels of the HIV virus in the blood has improved to the point of...

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HIV Testing Clinics in Singapore

HIV Testing & Prevention Services Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) When to Test Prices HIV PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) Prevent or Reduce the risk of HIV infection AFTER EXPOSURE to HIV. Less than 72 hours from exposure.  $1928.00 Rapid HIV BLOOD TEST (Antibody Test) Rapid Finger prick Blood HIV-1/2 Antibody Test RESULTS: 20 mins from 90 days after exposure. $54.00 HIV COMBO  TEST (4th GENERATION TEST) HIV Combination P24 Antigen/Antibody Test (HIV Duo Test) RESULTS: 20 mins from 28 days after...

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The different generations of ELISA

When HIV was identified as the virus that causes AIDS way back in 1986, there was a flurry of research looking into ways of identifying individuals who have been infected with the HIV virus. At the time, there was already a technique developed to detect various antibodies in the blood. This technique was called ELISA which stood for Enzyme Linked Immuno Sorbent Assay. This technique is based on the lock and key theory of antibodies. Basically, antibodies and antigens work like locks and keys. One key for one lock. One antibody fits one...

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Anonymous HIV Testing at Our Clinic.

In 2008, we were given the mandate by the Ministry of Health to conduct anonymous HIV testing. Not all clinics are allowed to conduct anonymous HIV tests. This is because according to the Infectious Diseases Act, all medical personnel are required to inform MOH of the details of any person they know or suspect of being infected with HIV. Our clinic signed a gazette that is filed with the Supreme Court of Singapore to excuse us from this section of the Infectious Diseases Act. We are therefore mandated under Singapore Law to be allowed to...

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HIV RNA / DNA PCR Test – Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing (NAAT)

HIV RNA / DNA PCR Test a.k.a Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing (NAAT) The HIV RNA test has revolutionized HIV screening especially for people at high risk. The test directly measures the amount of HIV virus in a person’s blood. This same test is also used to monitor how a person with HIV is responding to treatment. When used this way, it is called a Viral Load test. The HIV RNA test is deemed to be 100% conclusive if done after 10 to 12 days from the date of exposure. There are some theories that say this test becomes less accurate from...

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