Anonymous HIV Test

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Anteh Dispensary Pte Ltd is an approved clinic, licensed by the Ministry of Health Singapore to carry out Anonymous HIV testing. We use both the 3rd and 4th generation test strip to detect HIV. The test itself is safe, accurate and convenient.

No names, identification or registration is required for the test. Simply walk-in and let our friendly staff know that you are here for the test.

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What is Anonymous HIV Screening?

Anonymous HIV screening in Singapore prioritizes your privacy throughout the testing process. Your identity will be kept confidential, and you won’t need to disclose your name, address, or national identification number when getting tested. This ensures that you can receive necessary healthcare without compromising your privacy. 

With this service, you can undergo an HIV test without sharing your personal details, helping to minimize concerns about stigma and fear related to testing. As a result, this approach strives to boost the number of individuals willing to get tested for HIV.

Our Testing Process

Our process for HIV screening is designed to be straightforward and easy to navigate. When you arrive, we provide you with an exclusive code to safeguard your anonymity. Subsequently, a pre-test counselling session takes place where we talk about your sexual health risks and address any questions you might have.

Once this is completed, we move on to the HIV testing phase. This step known as rapid HIV test in Singapore is administered through a simple finger-prick blood sample.

Following a short waiting period of around 20 minutes, your results become available. In the event of a positive outcome, we offer post-test counselling to assist you in understanding the necessary steps ahead.

Our priority is to ensure your privacy, offer clear and manageable steps, and provide support throughout the entire process.

 

Schedule, Recommended Test, and Time Since Exposure for HIV Testing

Time from Exposure Recommended Test Schedule for HIV Screening
0-14 days Not applicable, too early to test Not applicable, too early to test
14-28 days HIV RNA Test (4th Gen) Repeat test after 90 days
28-90 days HIV Combo Test (4th Gen) Repeat test after 90 days
>90 days HIV Antibody Test (3rd Gen) Final confirmation

Functionality of HIV Tests

HIV tests operate by identifying either the virus itself (RNA or p24 antigen) or the antibodies that your immune system generates as a response to the infection.

The 4th Generation HIV tests, commonly used in rapid HIV testing in Singapore, have the capability to identify both the virus and antibodies. This dual-detection feature makes them a particularly efficient approach for the early diagnosis of HIV infections.

Understanding the Window Period in HIV Testing

The term “window period” denotes the time span between the actual HIV infection and the point at which it can be reliably detected through testing. In the case of a 4th Generation HIV test, this period generally falls within 14-28 days. For a 3rd Generation HIV test, it typically extends from 28-90 days. It’s important to note that testing conducted before the conclusion of the window period might yield false negative outcomes.

What is HIV? How does it affect?

HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS (HIV) is a virus that attacks and destroy the the human body’s immune system. This damage to the immune system makes it harder for the body to fight off infections and overtime, the infected body will lose the ability to fight off infections causing other serious illnesses such as cancer.

Infection is often spread through contaminated blood, semen, vaginal fluids and from infected people.

Types of HIV Tests

Three primary categories of HIV tests are available:

  1. Antibody Tests: These tests identify the presence of HIV antibodies in your blood or oral fluid.
  2. Antigen/Antibody Tests: This type of test detects both HIV antibodies and the HIV p24 antigen.
  3. Nucleic Acid Tests (NATs): Also known as HIV RNA tests, these examinations directly detect the virus itself in the bloodstream.

What is Rapid HIV Test?

Rapid HIV tests yield faster results, often in a matter of minutes. They operate by detecting the antibodies that your body generates to fight against HIV. In the presence of these antibodies, the test indicates a positive outcome.

Although rapid tests are effective, they are commonly employed for initial screening rather than diagnostic confirmation. To validate a positive result, a more conclusive HIV test would be required.

Ways to prevent getting HIV.

  • Use Condom for sexual activity
  • Consider Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) treatment
  • Be faithful and abstain from casual sex 
  • Get Tested 

Get yourself tested if you..

  • Have multiple sexual partners
  • Have not been using condoms consistently
  • Are unsure of your partner’s sexual history 
  • Had a tattoo or piercing with an unlicensed provider
  • Had an operation or blood transfusion overseas, where blood testing regulatory requirement may not be stringent