This test detects antibodies and antigens seen in HIV infection. HIV is transmitted by sex and also by sharing needles (for injecting drugs). HIV is not curable, but can be managed with medication.
This test is an antigen/antibody combination test, sometimes called a fourth-generation test. The test detects antibodies to both types of HIV (HIV-1 and HIV-2) and the p24 antigen. It is the type of test recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).1