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HIV screening test

 

The HIV screening test is the only way to detect an HIV infection. This test, be it through a classic blood test or a HIV rapid test, detects the presence of HIV antibodies in the blood. These antibodies are produced by the body at the earliest 2 weeks after being exposed to the HIV virus but are only detectable by blood test 6 weeks and by a rapid test 12 weeks after exposure.

 

HIV rapid test

The rapid test means that the results are quickly available after your blood test

 

How does the rapid test work?

For a fast test, a blood drop is taken from the tip of your finger which is then mixed with a chemical. The result is immediately visible.

Caution! A fast test indicates that the result is obtained quickly after your blood test and not that the test is reliable if it has been done less than 12 weeks since the exposure.


Where can I take the rapid test?

Rapid tests can be taken anonymously and free:

- at the HIVberodung, 94 blvd Général Patton, L-2316 Luxembourg, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 7 pm.

- at the CENTRE CIGALE, 3 rue des Capucins, L-1313 Luxembourg, Thursdays from noon to 2 PM ;

- at the DIMPS (dispositif d’intervention mobile pour la promotion de la santé sexuelle – mobile intervention centre promoting sexual health). Visit www.dimps.lu for the location and schedule.

 

The classic screening test

The test detects the presence of anti-HIV antibodies in the blood and is carried out as a blood test. These antibodies are produced by the body at the earliest 2 weeks after being exposed to the HIV virus and at the latest 12 weeks after the exposure has occurred.

 

When to do a screening test?

12 weeks after being exposed. Only after this period is the HIV screening test reliable at a 100%. 12 weeks is the time needed for the body to produce the antibodies against the virus after the HIV infection.

 

Where can I go to take a classic screening test?

In a screening centre where the test is free and remains anonymous:

 

• Centre Hospitalier (CHL), Service des Maladies Infectieuses (2nd floor), 4 rue Barblé, L-1210 Luxembourg, except holidays 7am to 3pm, www.chl.lu

• Laboratoire National, 1 rue Louis Rech L-3555 Dudelange,except holidays 7.30am to 4pm, www.lns.lu

• Centre Hospitalier Emile Mayrich, rue Emile Mayrisch, L- 4240 Esch/Alzette, except holidays 7am to 5pm, www.chem.lu

• Centre Hospitalier du Nord- St Louis, 120 Avenue Lucien Salentiny, L- 9080 Ettelbrück, except holidays 10am to 2pm, www.hsl.lu

 

.With a prescription from your doctor, you may take the test in any lab or hospital in the country, among which:
 

• Laboratoires Ketterthill, Tel. 488 288 1, www.ketterthill.lu

• Laboratoires Forges du Sud, Tel. 51 80 58, www.labtalon.lu

• Laboratoires Réunis, Tel. 78 02 90 1, www.labo.lu

 

How does the test work?

After your blood test, you will be given a number, which you will need 2 to 3 days later in order to pick up your test results. You will get the results orally and, since it is anonymous, you will not receive a written document indicating the HIV positive or negative result.

 

You can find more information about HIV screening test right here :

HIV screening test : the answers to all your questions. (EN)

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