Types of Tests

Q. What types of HIV tests are available?

A. Blood tests and other body fluid tests

Antibody Blood Tests: These tests are used for the detection of HIV antibodies in blood. The antibody EIA is the most commonly used screening test. The antibody Western blot is the most commonly used confirmatory test.

Additional Blood Tests: These tests can be used to grow HIV in a lab, detect the virus in blood, measure the amount of virus in the blood, and examine the virus' genetic composition.

Other Body Fluid Tests: These tests detect the same antibodies as in the EIA and Western blot tests used for blood.

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