HIV Testing In Singapore
Dr Tan & Partners (DTAP) clinic is one of several clinics in Singapore that offers rapid anonymous HIV tests. A range of HIV tests are available at all DTAP clinics island-wide. All tests stated below may be taken anonymously at DTAP @Robertson clinic, without the need for personal information.
|Day From Suspected Exposure||Doctor’s Recommendation||Pricing||Type||Time Till Results||Remarks|
|From Day 90||Rapid Finger prick Blood HIV-1/2 Antibody Test||$54||Finger prick test||20 mins||Results at this point are more than 99% accurate.|
|From Day 28||HIV P24 Antigen/Antibody Combo Test (4th generation)||$162||Finger prick + Blood test||20 mins||Results at this point are around 90% accurate.|
|Day 0 – 10||Known as the eclipse period. No screening is available.||N/A||N/A||N/A||No screening available.|
|Day 0 – 3||HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) medication may be taken to stop suspected HIV infection.||$1928||Oral tablets||Typically 1 full month||While HIV PEP is not 100%, it is most effective within the first 72 hours from suspected exposure.|
The consultation fee for HIV testing is $22. Set an appointment with DTAP Clinic today to address your health concerns.
HIV testing at DTAP is conducted strictly in a discreet, confidential, comfortable and non-discriminatory manner. In line with the Singapore Ministry of Health’s (MOH) guidelines, doctors at DTAP are consummate professionals when it comes to handling the sensitivity and accuracy of HIV tests.
HIV, while incurable, may be managed and controlled effectively with the right treatment and medication. It is therefore important to get HIV tested quickly if there is a case of suspected infection. The sooner the detection, the more effective the management. Getting HIV tested promptly will protect both yourself and your loved ones.
Rapid HIV Testing – Results In Max 20 Mins
To get your test results fast, simply check with your doctor if you may go through a rapid HIV test. Rapid HIV test results take a maximum of 20 minutes, though such tests usually show clear indications within the first few seconds. Your doctor will recommend you the most suitable test approach based on your activity and history.
To learn more about how to go about a rapid HIV test, please see here.
Anonymous HIV Testing At Robertson
Dr Tan & Partners (DTAP) @Robertson is a Ministry of Health Singapore (MOH) approved Anonymous HIV Screening site. DTAP @Robertson is licensed to anonymously diagnose the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
Under the Anonymous HIV Screening Programme, any local or foreign individual may walk-in to DTAP @Robertson and request for an anonymous HIV screening. There is no need to provide personal information such as Name, NRIC, Passport Numbers, Address or any form of contact details and information. The test is strictly confidential. No personal information is required regardless of test results.
Anonymous HIV Screening Test (AHT) is available daily (Monday to Sunday, excluding public holidays) at Dr. Tan & Partners (DTAP) @Robertson. You may walk-in to DTAP @Robertson anytime during its opening hours. Simply approach the reception and indicate that you require an “AHT”, and the reception will automatically process your request and provide guidance. No appointment is required. All discussions will be kept discreet and confidential.
Please note that Anonymous HIV Testing is only available at DTAP @Robertson and not the other DTAP clinics. The HIV tests conducted at other DTAP clinics are not anonymous.
During your private consultation, you can speak to the doctor about your HIV-related concerns. Your assigned or requested doctor will administer the relevant tests.
All HIV tests conducted at DTAP clinics are in line with regulations set by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) of Singapore.
How To Go About An Anonymous HIV Testing
Going For An Anonymous HIV Test
Getting tested should not be difficult, scary and most definitely, should not be embarrassing. Getting a HIV screening test done does not equate to one having done something exceptionally risky. Getting a HIV screening test rapidly is an essential part of one’s overall healthcare plan. It protects not only the one being tested, but also the ones around him or her. Appointed anonymous HIV testing doctors in Singapore are professional and experienced. They are trained to assist in making you feel at ease and comfortable when undergoing a HIV screening test.
Your name or any other kind of personal information that can identify you will not be asked. Anybody regardless of nationality or background can get an anonymous HIV screening test at a licensed Anonymous HIV Testing clinic. ZERO records of your visit will be kept. At the end of your visit, there will be no trace of you having even been to the clinic. Even if your HIV screening test results come back positive, your identity will remain a secret.
Professionalism During HIV Screening Tests
During consultation, you will receive the most up to date advice on the risks involved and the kinds of test(s) that best suits your situation. Feel free to raise your concerns with your doctor. He or she will respond with the most appropriate medical advice. An appointed Anonymous HIV Testing doctor will not give unnecessary inputs on lifestyle choices or any other issue that has nothing to do with the medical issue at hand.
Speed And Accuracy – Rapid HIV Test Results Are Almost Instantaneous
Only diagnostic test kits approved by both the World Health Organisation as well as Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority will be used for each test. Your doctor will also advise you on the exact accuracy of the test based on your particular situation and window period. Typically at DTAP Singapore, test kits take a maximum of 20 minutes to show results, though clear indications can be as quick as a few seconds.
DTAP provides a discreet and private environment for patients to consult with either a male and female doctor, whichever is preferred.
All tests for HIV are performed by doctors experienced with STD and HIV related infections.
Contact DTAP today for more information on anonymous HIV testing services.
STEP 1: RECEPTION
Walk into DTAP clinic at Robertson Walk.
Let the reception know you are here for an “AHT”.
STEP 2: CONSULT DOCTOR
You will be guided to a private consultation with the doctor.
Doctor will proceed with the “3 Step Test”.
STEP 3: RESULTS
After 20 minutes your results will be ready.
Your doctor will review the results with you.
To learn more about pricing for HIV tests, please see here.
HIV Window Period & Test Accuracy
The HIV window period is the time between a potential HIV infection and the time an individual gets tested with an accurate result.
The body will produce an immunological response after an HIV infection.
A test for HIV detects specific Antibodies produced when the human body is fighting the virus. The antibodies help indicate the presence of an infection.
The Importance of HIV Window Periods
Different HIV screening tests have different HIV window periods, as different tests detect different indicators of HIV infection during the HIV development cycle.
As HIV develops in the human body, HIV antibodies and antigens (protein) will develop too. Different HIV screening tests thus detect different antibodies at different stages.
When a wrong HIV screening is done during the window period, a person can be infected with HIV but the test result still shows negative. This is called a false negative HIV result.
Different Stages of HIV Infection
The difference between HIV and AIDS is that HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. AIDS is a syndrome, or a set of clinical signs and symptoms caused by late stage HIV infection, especially in the presence of opportunistic infections. Shortly after a person is infected with HIV, he or she may experience ARS (Acute-Retroviral Syndrome). This can just be a flu-like illness, with symptoms of fever, sweats, sore throat, etc. There is also a high risk of concurrent STD infection. STD screening and rapid HIV testing is important to ensure early diagnosis and treatment. Anonymous HIV testing is available at select clinics in Singapore.
Stage 1: Acute HIV Infection
HIV Acute HIV Infection occurs within 2 – 4 weeks after exposure. During this stage, Human Immunodeficiency Viruses will multiply rapidly, and start attacking the body immunity system by destroying CD4 cells.
An individual will typically experience Flu-like symptoms, HIV rash, HIV fever and other HIV signs and symptoms. HIV transmission risk at this stage is the highest.
As the whole body is reacting to fight off HIV, one may experience a variety of symptoms affecting all bodily systems. Some other Sexually Transmitted Diseases STDs may display similar signs and symptoms to HIV. Comprehensive STD testing is available to diagnosis those STDs.
General HIV Symptoms
- Night Sweats
- Swollen Lymph Nodes
- Weight loss
Sign and Symptoms on Skin
- Rash (HIV Rash)
- Ulcer on the penis, vaginal and other parts of the body
Digestive HIV Symptoms
- Loss of Appetite
Neurological HIV Symptoms
- Muscle aches
- Joint aches
Stage 2: Chronic HIV Infection (Asymptomatic HIV Infection or Clinical latency)
During the Chronic HIV Infection phase, HIV reproduces at a lower level. HIV-related sign and symptoms will disappear. The immunity system will gradually be weakened and destroyed. It will take a few years before the HIV infection progress to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) or the last stage.
If a person living with HIV is undergoing Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) or HIV Treatment, the infection at the chronic stage can be suppressed. The person needs to adhere strictly to HIV treatment regime.
Stage 3: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
At this phase, the CD4 for a person living with HIV has fallen drastically. In other words, a person’s immunity is severally damaged by HIV. With weak immunity, a person is prone to get serious infections or bacterial and fungal diseases that otherwise be able to fight off. These sorts of infection and diseases are called Opportunistic infection (OI).
More Details On Anonymous HIV Testing in Singapore
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