It has been observed that people who are at risk of HIV or are detected as HIV positive, their first question is – is HIV curable? Well, as of right now, there is no cure for HIV. However, if initial symptoms of HIV are detected timely followed by a confirmatory HIV test, identified infections can be cured and a healthy CD4 cell count can be maintained under ART (Antiretroviral Therapy, which is a kind of HIV vaccine medicine to treat HIV infection) treatment. Under the ART treatment people with HIV/AIDS can live long and productive lives.
How much does an HIV test cost?
Normally, an HIV test costs somewhere between INR 500–1000/-. However, when you book a test via Yes4ME it offers you a lot more value in competitive costs. Yes4Me is an online portal that connects you with the nearest HIV testing center to your location and assesses your risk of HIV through a simple risk assessment test. When you book an appointment through Yes4Me, the HIV test cost is between INR 550 and INR 650 depending upon your location and consists of following tests, namely:
- HIV Screening test – To detect the presence or absence of antibodies, p24 protein or the virus itself. In case the screening test is positive, further confirmatory tests are done in the same package to give definitive results.
- HIV Confirmatory test – This set of test will confirm whether you are HIV positive or not.
- Syphilis test – an STI (Sexually transmitted disease) which is spread through direct contact with a syphilis sore during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. It can also spread from an infected mother to her unborn baby. Syphilis can be cured by medicine. However, it can cause irreversible complications if left untreated for a long period of time.
What should one do when their bodies show initial symptoms of HIV?
First and foremost, reach out to Yes4Me and speak to their counsellors, they will help you with all your doubts and questions regarding HIV and will guide you through the next steps. You can also book a test appointment online as well via Yes4Me. All you have to do is take a simple risk assessment test to determine your proneness to HIV and proceed towards booking an HIV test through the website. Alternatively, if you are unsure about your initial symptoms of HIV, you can also consult with our counselors who can help you gauge whether or not you need to take an HIV test. The HIV test package through Yes4Me is a joint HIV and Syphilis test. It is highly recommended that even if you have an iota of doubt about your HIV status, get tested to be sure.
As mentioned earlier, if you are detected HIV positive, it cannot be cured, however, ART is recommended for everyone who is HIV positive. It also reduces the risk of HIV transmission. It is highly recommended that before HIV positive people start this HIV vaccine, ART, they understand the importance of medication adherence. ART requires taking HIV medicines every day and exactly as prescribed by the doctor. For more information on ART, you can get in touch with Yes4ME’s counsellors via WhatsApp.