HIV Testing

FAHASS is a recognized testing location for people wanting to know their HIV status.

 

Alere Determine HIV-1/2 Ag/Ab Combo Test

Alere Determine HIV-1/2 Ag/Ab Combo is intended for use as a point-of-care test to aid in the diagnosis of infection with HIV-1 and HIV-2, including an acute HIV-1 infection, and may distinguish acute HIV-1 infection from established HIV-1 infection when the specimen is positive for HIV-1 p24 antigen and negative for anti-HIV-1 and anti-HIV-2 antibodies.

Alere Determine HIV-1/2 Ag/Ab Combo is the first and only FDA-approved rapid point-of-care test that detects both HIV-1/2 antibodies and free HIV-1 p24 antigen, which can appear just 12-26 days after infection. HIV-1/2 antibodies first appear significantly later – 20–45 days after infection.

 

Fourth Generation HIV testing provides a new advantage in the fight against HIV/AIDS—the ability to identify HIV earlier than 2nd and 3rd generation antibody-only tests, which rely solely on the presence of HIV 1/2 antibodies.

Step 1 - Collect a small blood sample from a finger stick.

Step 2 - Insert the device into the buffer with the sample.

Step 3 - Read the results at 20 minutes.

We no longer do a Western Blot for a confirmatory test.  We now use INSTI which is a 60 second confirmatory.  The INSTI confirmatory test is completed when a preliminary reactive test is received with the Alere Determine.  The INSTI delivers accurate results for HIV antibodies in 60 seconds.


Each test is conducted by a trained and certified HIV testing and prevention counselor who is able to discuss confidential issues in a comfortable and non-judgmental setting. A counseling session might discuss some of the following topics:

  • Information about the importance of HIV testing and how often someone should be tested

  • Education on the methods of HIV and STD transmission

  • Ways to reduce the risk of becoming infected with HIV and other STDs

  • Need for additional testing in people who have had a recent exposure to HIV

  • Next steps for people who have a reactive test result

Off-site and Event Testing


We would be glad to work with any organization to schedule a testing time with you.  Email our testing team and tell us about your event or give us a call at (540) 907-4555 ext. 201.