Term HIV Testing
Code LF-4900.2400
Definition Programs that offer HIV tests which are used to identify individuals who have been infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and are at risk for developing AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) or which are used to measure progression of the disease in people known to be infected. The most common HIV screening test is the enzyme immunoassay (EIA) which most frequently uses peripheral blood drawn from the arm or a finger as a sample, but can also be conducted using serum, oral fluids or urine. Repeatedly reactive EIA tests are confirmed using the Western blot or the immunofluorescence assay (IFA). The most common test that is used to measure disease progression is the PCR (polymeraise chain reaction) or viral load test. Many programs that provide HIV testing also provide pre-testing and post-test counseling which includes information about AIDS/HIV, reducing risks for HIV transmission, emotional support to help the individual deal with the testing process and test results, and information about and referral to other AIDS-related services.
Created 3/10/92
Changed 1/6/10
Use References AIDS Screening
AIDS Testing
AIDS Tests
HIV Antibody Testing
HIV Tests
See Also References AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (LH-6700.6400-040)
AIDS/HIV Clinics (LT-1750.0500)
AIDS/HIV Control (JP-1500.1700-050)
AIDS/HIV Prevention Counseling (LH-2700.0150)
AIDS/HIV/STD Prevention Supplies (LH-5000.0600)
HIV Post Exposure Prophylaxis Medication (LH-6700.6400-285)
HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Medication (LH-6700.6400-300)
HIV Waivers (FT-3600.0250-300)
Needle Exchange/Distribution Programs (RX-8470.1900-610)
External Classification Terms Ambulatory & Primary Health Care (NTE E30)
Chronic Disease Control (UW 2.1.01.02)
Health (CAN HC-300)
Health Care (AIRS HC-300)
Health Diagnostic, Intervention & Treatment (NPC E07)
Related Concepts Evaluation/Testing/Diagnosis/Assessment
Homelessness
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