What are the symptoms of HIV?

The early symptoms of an HIV infection are similar to that of many other diseases, including the common cold. They can include fever, headaches, sore throat, rash, chest infections and vomiting. Given that these symptoms occur so frequently, the only way to be completely certain of your HIV status is to get yourself tested.

When should I get tested?

Better2Know has three testing options for HIV, depending on the time of your potential exposure: 

  • If it has been 10 days or more, you are eligible for our 10-day HIV RNA Test.
  • If it has been over 28 days you can choose our HIV DUO test.
  • Our Instant HIV test is appropriate 26 days after your potential exposure to the virus

The instant test is currently available at many of our African locations. The test looks for both types of HIV, as well as the p24 antigen, with results available within 30 minutes. Contact our Patient Services team to locate your nearest Instant testing facility.

I am extremely concerned – should I take the 10-day HIV test?

The 10-day HIV test, also available in the Early Detection Screen, delivers results within five working days of the sample’s arrival at our laboratory. If you choose this test, we always recommend re-testing at 28 days with our HIV DUO test.

How long will it take to get my results?

The turnaround times for both the 10-day and 28-day HIV test results are the same. Results will normally be available five working days from receipt of the sample at our accredited laboratory. Alternatively, our Instant testing results will be ready within 30 minutes.

Are my results confidential?

Yes. Better2Know’s test results are 100% confidential and will only be known to you and Better2Know. Results are not shared with any third parties unless you ask us to do so.