Knowing the details of HIV test costs will help you prepare financially, as well as avoid pressure or confusion when choosing the right test package. In the article below, in addition to answering the question of how much an HIV test costs, Docosan also suggests more centers and clinics that offer this quality service, which is sought by a large number of customers.
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When does an HIV test give accurate results?
Before you can answer the question of how much an HIV test costs, you need to know when an HIV test is most accurate. According to leading medical experts, the appropriate time to conduct an HIV test is 2-3 months after exposure to the HIV virus. At this point, a rapid test will give a fairly accurate result. For testing for the virus at an early stage, a more modern test procedure with a shortened exposure time is necessary.
How much does an HIV test cost?
For direct HIV testing, the cost will be higher because this procedure requires high professionalism, the use of modern medical equipment, and a longer testing period. Specifically, the cost of direct HIV testing is about 500,000 – 850,000 VND per test (depending on the facility). If you opt for a PCR test, you may have to pay a higher amount, up to 2,500,000 – 3,000,000 VND per test.
However, with Docosan’s HIV/Syphilis Home Test kit, you can test for both HIV and Syphilis at home for a low cost. The test kit costs 280,000 VND, which includes a home test kit and one free consultation with a specialist if you receive a positive result or have any questions about a related health condition.
The Home HIV/Syphilis test kit brings privacy and comfort to users by allowing them to test for both diseases in the privacy of their own home, without the need for a medical professional
HIV testing methods are widely used
With increasingly modern medicine, many HIV testing methods have been put into application to bring accurate and fast results as well as create maximum convenience for patients. For example, the two main methods are as follows:
Indirect HIV testing
This is the method commonly used today. This test is done to look for HIV antigens and antibodies in the blood. Screening tests include:
- Quick test
- Elisa HIV test
- Autoluminescent or electroluminescent immunoassay
- Techniques of micro motivation testing
Direct HIV test method
Techniques in the direct HIV test method:
- Virus antigen test
- HIV PCR test
Depending on the symptoms or stage of the infection, the doctor can give the most appropriate indication.
HIV testing process at medical facilities
HIV testing at medical facilities is always chosen by the majority of subjects because of its high accuracy, quick results and confidentiality of personal information. Typically, the HIV test process will go through the following basic steps:
- Register for an HIV test at the reception counter. Also get the sequence number.
- Go to the designated clinic to see a specialist
- After ordering the test, the doctor or medical staff will conduct a sample to be tested depending on the specific method. The test sample can be blood or body fluids, but most of the time blood is used.
- Medical staff conduct testing and processing of samples. At the same time, transfer the test sample to the laboratory for analysis.
- Return test results to the patient.
It can take about 20 to 30 minutes for rapid HIV tests. Or it can take up to several days for more complex tests.
Besides, you can completely self-test for HIV at home with the product kits licensed by the authorities. With this kit, you can determine if you are infected with HIV in just 10-15 minutes. And of course, the cost of HIV testing at home will be cheaper than doing it in medical facilities.
However, to be accurate, you need to be able to suspect that you have been exposed to HIV for at least 3 months.
Suggest centers and clinics with low cost of HIV testing, list prices
Finding a reliable center or clinic for HIV testing can be challenging as there are not too many options available. However, there are still a few trustworthy units that you can count on. To ensure a smooth testing process, protect your personal information, and have a clear understanding of the costs, we recommend visiting one of the following facilities:
- Galant General Clinic – District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
- Hoan My Thu Duc International General Hospital – Thu Duc, Ho Chi Minh City
- Medelab General Clinic – Dong Da, Hanoi
- Hoa Lu General Clinic – Hanoi – Ninh Binh
We hope that the information provided in this article has helped answer your question about the cost of HIV testing. It’s important to note that the prices mentioned in this article are for reference only and may not reflect the official price list of the Ministry of Health or any medical unit. For more specific information, please contact the medical facility directly for assistance.
The article is consulted from doctors and reliable domestic and foreign sources. However, Docosan Team encourages patients to find and schedule an appointment with a qualified doctor for treatment. For direct advice, please contact hotline 1900 638 082 or CHAT for instructions on booking an appointment.