Washington D.C. HIV/AIDS Testing

Testing and treatment options for HIV can be found through STD Testing Washington D.C.. When testing, we use the HIV Antibody Test to effectively determine if you have been exposed to HIV recently. If your test results for HIV come back as positive, our doctors can provide you with information about ways to manage your heatlh, including highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). If you live in the Washington D.C. and Washington county areas, you deserve stress-free STD testing and treatment.

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HIV/AIDS facts and stats

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Based on data from the CDC, it's estimated that about 550 new cases of HIV will be reported in the Washington D.C. area in 2015

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It's estimate that roughly two thirds of HIV reports were infections in men who have sex with other men.

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It's estimated that in 2015, the number of reported cases of HIV could be up to 266% larger than the number of reported cases of syphilis, another commonly found STD in the Washington D.C. and Washington areas.

550

Based on data from the CDC, it's estimated that about 550 new cases of HIV will be reported in the Washington D.C. area in 2015

2 of 3

It's estimate that roughly two thirds of HIV reports were infections in men who have sex with other men.

266%

It's estimated that in 2015, the number of reported cases of HIV could be up to 266% larger than the number of reported cases of syphilis, another commonly found STD in the Washington D.C. and Washington areas.

HIV/AIDS Frequently Asked Questions

HIV Basics

What are the early signs of HIV?

HIV infects and destroys what are called CD4 cells, which make up the immune system. The early signs of HIV infection are often vague, and sometimes will go unnoticed. Patients who have HIV often describe symptoms to be similar to the flu, which can include:

  1. Fever
  2. Swollen lymph nodes
  3. Sore throat
  4. Skin rash
  5. Muscle soreness
  6. Fatigue


Because these symptoms can be confused for other conditions or diseases, many people may not be aware that they are infected. For this reason, it is extremely important to get tested to make sure that you do not have the infection.

What is HIV?

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) weakens the immune system, making it harder to fight off infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more than 56,000 new HIV infections in the United States every year. About 1.1 million people are infected and living with the virus; and unfortunately, one in five of people with HIV have not been tested and diagnosed, and are therefore not receiving proper treatment to manage its damaging effects.

The HIV is transmitted through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex when the blood, semen or vaginal secretions of an infected partner enter your body. Although rare, you can also get HIV from blood transfusions, or by sharing needles or syringes that are contaminated with infected blood. Additionally, infected mothers run the risk of transmitting HIV to their babies during pregnancy, delivery or while breastfeeding.

How is HIV spread?

There are many ways HIV can be spread between people: sexual activity, including anal, oral and vaginal sex, through needle sharing, accidental needle sticks, and to babies during pregnancy or childbirth.

HIV attacks the body's CD4 cells by infecting them with the virus. These CD4 cells make up the immune system, and infecting them with the virus weakens them until they are unable to perform their required tasks to keep the immune system strong. This creates further problems for HIV patients whose immune systems are compromised.

You cannot get HIV from mosquitoes, toilet seats, eating utensils, phones, or the like.

What if I have HIV and I'm pregnant?

In general, HIV can be treated during pregnancy, greatly reducing the potential risks to your baby. Consult your regular doctor about the risks involved, and to identify a treatment that's best for you and your baby.

HIV & AIDS

What else should I know about AIDS?

From a medical definition, AIDS only develops when CD4 levels drop below 200 cells per milliliter of blood. When the body's immune system is weakend, a person who has AIDS develops what is known as "opportunistic infections." These are diseases that typically don't affect people who have healthy and strong immune systems; and are often the cause of death for many people with AIDS.. These "opportunistic infections" include Kaposi's sarcoma, lymphomas (cancers of the immune system), tuberculosis, Pneumocysts pneumonia, and many other bacterial and fungal infections.

When does HIV advance to AIDS?

During the acute stages of HIV, there might be a long period without symptoms where an infected person may feel "normal" again and remain unaware of their infection. Although this person feels normal, HIV will continue to damage their immune system if the infection is left untreated. The immune system can be weakened to the point where AIDS develops. The time in which HIV develops AIDS is different from person to person, but this typically happens over a period of years.

Does HIV always lead to AIDS?

Not everyone with HIV will develop an AIDS condition. AIDS typically only develops during the advanced stages of HIV, in the event that the infected person does not get treatment or take their course of treatment as directed. Because of this, its recommended that anyone concerned about HIV to get tested in order to catch the infection early.

Is there a difference between HIV and AIDS?

It's a common misconception that HIV and AIDS are the same disease, because people tend to discuss them together. However, HIV and AIDS are separate diseases. HIV, which stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is a viral infection that attacks the cells in the body. AIDS, which stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, can develop in HIV patients in later stages of the disease. If HIV is treated in its earlier stages, the development of AIDS may be prevented, but this is not guaranteed. HIV can be very dangerous because it weakens the immune system of the infected person. This causes the patient to be unable to defend against other viruses, bacteria, or even small illnesses like the common cold.

HIV Testing

How can I get tested for HIV?

We make getting tested for HIV simple by offering the HIV Antibody Test. It is safe, reliable and easy (no undressing or swabbing required). Just one fast blood draw and you're on your way. The HIV Antibody Test is the most common detector for HIV-1 and HIV-2. This test looks for antibodies of the viruses in the blood and has an accuracy rate of 99% after the testing window has expired.

We also offer testing with the HIV Early Detection Test
which can detect the HIV virus sooner, if you are worried about a recent exposure.

What are my options for treatment If I test positive of HIV?"

If you test result returns positive for HIV, treatment options are available. One of the most common forms of treatment is called highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). Through treatments like HAART, patients are able to maintain a good quality of life for as long as possible. Most patients start treatment options immediately after testing positive for HIV.

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