P24 antigen HIV testing
When it comes to a serious disease such as HIV, we understand that early diagnosis is crucial. The earlier the infection is recognised, the better the outlook and those who undergo treatment can go on to live long lives.
Providing a clear indication of infection and with a fast turnaround of results, the P24 antigen test is an excellent method of detecting early HIV infection. Coupled with the knowledge of our doctors, we can act quickly to put your mind at rest.
The P24 test is designed to detect early HIV infection and is recommended if you have had a recent exposure to HIV. A blood sample is taken and sent to our laboratory for testing.
Advantages of the test:
• Actual HIV particles in the blood are identified
• HIV infection can be detected before antibodies develop, which eliminate the amount of P24 in the blood after a period of time
• The test is quantitative, meaning that it measures the intensity of HIV in the body, as well as the progression of the infection
• Results are turned around quickly, within 4 – 6 hours
This test is included in our routine STD package. If you are particularly concerned about a recent exposure, we recommend HIV multiplex testing which is the most accurate test available for early HIV detection. It is however more expensive and test results take longer. Speak to our doctors about your options at the time of your consultation for the best advice.