What Is the Purpose of the 4th Generation HIV Test?
HIV testing is critical, and the earlier you’re tested, the better your chances of effective treatment if you catch the virus in its earliest stages. The 4th generation HIV test is used to detect acute HIV infection four to 12 days earlier than 3rd generation testing. It tests for both HIV antigens and the antibodies your body produces to fight the virus in addition to both HIV-1 and HIV-2 virus types. This 4th gen HIV test gives you a head start in diagnosis and treatment if it turns out you do have HIV.
What Does the HIV Fourth Generation Test Measure?
By measuring your HIV antibodies and antigens, this 4th generation HIV screening test determines if you have the virus.
Who Should Take an HIV 4th Generation Lab Test?
Anyone who is sexually active should get tested for HIV at least once. You’ll want to test more frequently if you practice unsafe sex or have multiple partners. A 4th gen HIV test should also be taken if you have early symptoms associated with HIV, including:
- Sore throat
- Mouth ulcers
- Night sweats
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Joint and muscle pain
There is a brief period of time after contracting HIV that it is undetectable, so it’s recommended that you take an HIV 4th generation test at least a month after you think you got HIV.
HIV 4th Generation Lab Test Preparation
There’s no special preparation required before the 4th generation HIV screening test.
4th Generation HIV Test Results
Your test will come back positive or negative. If you get a positive result, Personalabs offers STD counseling with one of our compassionate and experienced doctors, who will call you with your results and make recommendations for testing and/or treatment moving forward.
Where Can I Get a 4th Generation HIV Screening Test Near Me?
Personalabs is your smart choice when you need a sexual health test, like the HIV 4th generation lab test, as soon as possible. Our online store offers convenient and prompt access to all of our 400-plus health tests, so you can get the information you need to make informed and empowered healthcare choices. Ordering a test is simple, streamlined, and confidential:
Step 1: Buy the test you want and make sure you download the lab order that comes with it. (Note: A doctor’s OK may not be required for purchase, depending on the state you live in.)
Step 2: Make an appointment for your blood draw after finding a testing facility near you with our lab locator tool. You can choose from more than 4,000 Labcorp and Quest Diagnostics locations across the country.
Step 3: Bring the test order to the lab for your blood draw.
Step 4: Get the results in your private Personalabs portal, typically within 2 to 10 business days. Contact us if you need results as soon as possible, and we will work with your lab to meet your deadline.
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