Kensington Family Clinic is an approved Anonymous HIV Testing Site, licensed by the Ministry of Health Singapore. If you wish to do anonymous HIV Testing, simply mention "AHT", or anonymous testing and our staff will know what to do. No names, no identification and no registration details required.
Depending on your sexual exposure and time from exposure, different HIV screening tests may be required or recommended. Sexual exposure refers to any type of sexual contact e.g. oral, vaginal or anal intercourse with a high risk contact such as a commercial sex worker or people with risky sexual behaviour. Use of barrier protection methods such as condoms greatly reduces your risk but it is not 100%. There is always a risk whenever there is skin or mucosal contact with HIV-contaminated genital fluids or blood.
Unfortunately, HIV is frequently asymptomatic ( that is, it displays no symptoms ) until the late stages, where AIDS ( Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome ) may already be evident.
Early symptoms may occur, usually within 1 to 4 weeks of infection. This is termed seroconversion illness and typically presents with flu-like symptoms, such as fever, bodyaches, swollen neck glands and running nose. These symptoms subside, even without treatment, in a few weeks.
As the infection progresses and the immune system weakens, other symptoms may subsequently appear. The time taken for this to occur may stretch as long as 10 years, or even more.
As patients with HIV progresses into full blown AIDS, they also become prone to developing various cancers such as Kaposi sarcoma ( a type of skin cancer ), cervical cancer and lymphomas ( cancers of the immune system ). With AIDS, the survival time if no treatment is given has been estimated to be 2-3 years on average.
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What happens if my HIV test is positive?
If the initial screening test is positive, a second blood sample will need to be sent for a confirmatory test called the Western Blot. This test typically takes about 2 weeks to be ready. No fasting or other special preparation is required.
At Kensington Family Clinic, HIV testing is fully anonymous. No names or registration details are required, even if you are tested positive on confirmatory Western Blot testing.
HIV is certainly a serious infection, but options now exist for patients to have the infection suppressed and controlled. This can help reduce or delay the late complications of HIV infection and help protect your sexual contacts from HIV. Therefore it is crucial to take the first step and be tested.