HIV Test Kits

AccuQuik™ is a CE, ISO, USFDA HIV Test Kits manufacturer.
As an American brand, AccuQuik™ places the highest priority on the quality of our HIV Test Kit products. However,
as we look to serve the needs of the developing world, our test kits are manufactured in our India and China based facilities.

HIV Test Kits

AccuQuik™ is a CE, ISO, USFDA HIV Test Kits manufacturer.
As an American brand, AccuQuik™ places the highest priority on the quality of our HIV Test Kit products. However,
as we look to serve the needs of the developing world, our test kits are manufactured in our India and China based facilities.

HIV Test Kits Features


Test: HIV 1 and 2 Test
Disease: HIV 1 / AIDS

Specimen: Serum/Plasma , Whole Blood, Whole Blood Set

Sensitivity : 99.4% (4NCU/ml)

Test Form: Cassette

Packaging:
  • 1 cassette/pack, 25 packs/box
  • 1 cassette/complete set, 1 set/box

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More Information about the Test and HIV/AIDS


AccuQuik™ HIV test kit is a chromatographic immunoassay for the qualitative detection of antibodies raised against human immunodeficiency virus in human serum, plasma or blood. The test requires a blood sample and takes approximately 15 minutes to provide a result.

If the test shows a HIV positive result a further test involving western blot analysis will be needed to confirm the result. In the case of a positive result one should consult with a doctor to consider the first stage of treatment. The HIV diagnostic test kit has been shown to be accurate in 99.4% of cases, clearly demonstrating its reliability. Certain medical factors may influence the result of the test, for instance if one is pregnant, allergic to medicines, or taking other medication, then a doctor should be consulted before taking the test.

AccuQuik™ promotes the use of the HIV test kit.

The HIV Test

Available as Cassette or Strips

HIV Test Kit Cassette Form

AccuQuik™ HIV test kit is a chromatographic immunoassay for the qualitative detection of antibodies raised against human immunodeficiency virus in human serum, plasma or blood. The test requires a blood sample and takes approximately 15 minutes to provide a result.

If the test shows a HIV positive result a further test involving western blot analysis will be needed to confirm the result. In the case of a positive result one should consult with a doctor to consider the first stage of treatment. The HIV diagnostic test kit has been shown to be accurate in 99.4% of cases, clearly demonstrating its reliability. Certain medical factors may influence the result of the test, for instance if one is pregnant, allergic to medicines, or taking other medication, then a doctor should be consulted before taking the test.

AccuQuik™ promotes the use of the HIV test kit.

The Disease

General Information

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) causes Acquired Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). HIV is a retrovirus which means the virus is able to replicate inside the host cell through a process called reverse transcription. This allows the virus to incorporate itself into the hosts’ genome, which results in the production of the viral proteins needed to assemble new copies of the virus. The genes that allow the virus to replicate have a high rate of mutation, causing difficulties developing drugs to tackle the virus.

HIV weakens the immune system by destroying T-helper cells, which are key components of the immune response to infection. The virus is transmitted via body fluids for example through unprotected sex, blood transfusions, pregnancy and contaminated needles.

Occasionally flu-like symptoms are experienced within the first month following infection, followed by an asymptomatic state until the disease progresses to AIDS. Symptoms of AIDS include fever, sleep sweats, tiredness, weight loss and swollen glands. Once AIDS has developed the infected individual is susceptible to illness due to a weakened immune system. Common infections include Kaposi’s sarcoma, mental changes, shortness of breath, dementia, malnutrition and chronic diarrhea.

There is no vaccine for HIV/AIDS however there are recommendations to prevent transmission and contraction of the disease. These include the use of condoms and water lubricants, and not sharing needles.

There are two types of HIV – HIV-1 and HIV-2. The two types are very similar, with both causing clinically indistinguishable AIDS. Evidence suggests HIV-1 is more easily transmitted and the period between the initial infection and illness is shorter for HIV-1.

HIV has been classified as a global pandemic with over 40 million deaths to date. The virus is particularly prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa, with those in South and South East Asia also highly affected. Many individuals are unaware of their status, contributing to the transmission of the disease.

For more info about HIV/AIDS:
http://aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/hiv-aids-101/what-is-hiv-aids/

Treatment

A drug regime is prescribed for the treatment of HIV, known as HAART – highly-active antiretroviral therapy. The regime is very specific, with the drugs needing to be taken at the exact same time every day.

The side effects associated with the drug regime include diarrhea, nausea, a rash, vivid dreams, abnormal body fat distribution and if taken incorrectly can lead to virus mutation and resistance to treatment. If the disease progresses to AIDS then further medication is required to fight other infections.

For information on treatment and support groups:
http://www.aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/

HIV Test Kits FAQs



Who needs the HIV test kits?
Anyone who has ever had unprotected sex with a partner of unknown medical history, or used contaminated needles, should be tested for HIV. Also anyone who has recently discovered that they were adopted and is unaware of the medical history of their birth parents should be tested. It is worth taking the HIV test on a regular basis if you are actively engaging in behavior that puts you at risk. There is also a ‘window period’ during which a person can be infected with HIV, but the antibodies raised against the virus cannot be detected. During this period the infected individual is still able to infect others.
Can I use the HIV test kits at home?
The HIV test requires either a serum/plasma sample or whole blood sample, both of which require a blood test from the patient. Blood tests should be taken by a qualified professional, using sterile equipment. The test should then be disposed of according to local sanitary regulations to prevent transmission of the infectious disease. The tests are simple and easy to use, but should still be used in a professional environment. The results can be read visually without the need of any instruments.
Will the HIV test tell me which type of HIV I have?
No. The HIV test will confirm the absence or presence of the virus in the human body. To determine which type of HIV an individual has, a further screening test would be required to distinguish between the two types.
Can the test differentiate between HIV and AIDS?
The HIV test cannot determine whether the disease has progressed to AIDS. If the disease has progressed then symptoms of AIDS will begin to show. It is possible to monitor the progression of the disease by keeping track of particular cells of the immune system, known as CD4 cells. As the disease progresses from HIV to AIDS the cell count of these cells will decrease. Once the CD4 cell count is below 200 cells/mm3 then the patient has developed AIDS. This cell count is also what is used by HIV care providers to decide when to start antiretroviral therapy.
Can the AccuQuik™ HIV test kits be used for babies?
AccuQuik™ HIV test kit is not appropriate for young babies. Babies born to HIV-positive mothers are tested with a special PCR test, because their blood contains their mother's HIV antibodies for several months. This means they would test HIV-positive on a standard antibody test—but a PCR test can determine whether the babies have HIV themselves.
How reliable are HIV test kits?
HIV test kits are very accurate after the 3 month ‘window period’ following exposure. During the 3 month ‘window period’ a person can be infected with HIV, but the antibodies raised against the virus cannot be detected. During this period the infected individual is still able to infect others. The tests are able to detect antibodies raised against both HIV-1 and -2, and also any subtypes of HIV. On average the tests are over 99% accurate. However, these test kits are not 100% accurate and even when used according to the instructions there will be false negative results and a small number of false positive results. If the test result says you are HIV positive it does not necessarily mean you have HIV. You should consult your healthcare provider who will advise you to take a confirmatory test to confirm the result of your test. The same applies to a negative result. It is recommended to take multiple HIV tests if your latest exposure was within the past 3 months. It is important for those using the test kits to carefully read and follow all labeled directions.
How reliable are HIV test kits?
No, the test should not be reused. Once used, the cassette should be disposed of in a sanitary manner according to local regulations to avoid spreading the disease.
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