HIV 1 & 2 Antibodies + p24 Antigen Blood Tests

The HIV 1 & 2 Antibodies + p24 Antigen test is a blood test that is used to check for the presence of HIV antibodies and a specific protein called p24 antigen in the body. HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system and can lead to AIDS if left untreated.

This test is important because it helps to diagnose HIV infection. The antibodies are produced by the body in response to the virus, so their presence indicates exposure to HIV. The p24 antigen is a protein that is present in the early stages of HIV infection, before antibodies are produced.

By detecting both the antibodies and the p24 antigen, this test can identify HIV infection earlier than tests that only look for antibodies. Early detection is crucial because it allows for early treatment and management of the virus.

It is important to note that a positive result on this test does not necessarily mean a person has AIDS, but it does indicate HIV infection. Further testing and medical evaluation are needed to determine the stage of the infection and appropriate treatment options.

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