Take The Drug Before The VCT Test?
Good afternoon, I want to ask, a few days before the VCT HIV test, I have taken drugs such as Metylon, Intrizine, Azomax, etc. Can it affect HIV test results because we consume certain drugs? Please reply thanks .. The thing is there is a doctor’s writing saying the drug has no effect on the test, but there are also other writings similar to corticosteroid drugs can affect the test, but I only take it for 5 days. Reply yes I’m very stressed by my situation
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VCT (voluntary counseling and testing) - HIV is a complex procedure, starting with counseling to detect the risk of HIV transmission, followed by blood tests to assess the likelihood of HIV infection, and ending with education about the appropriate treatment to be taken to overcome the HIV infection. There are various types of blood tests that can be done to detect HIV infection. However, what is routinely done on VCT is a rapid test. That is a type of blood test that uses serological principles, namely to detect the presence of anti-HIV antibodies in the body. If done right, at the right time, this rapid test is sensitive enough to distinguish blood samples from HIV-infected people from those who don't. But indeed, there is still the potential for inaccurate examination results due to several factors, therefore, blood tests usually do not stand alone. The doctor also needs to confirm the results of blood tests conducted with the results of interviews, physical examinations, and other supporting tests conducted.
In general, the drugs you take should not significantly affect the results of your HIV test. However, to avoid the potential for inaccurate examination results, you can expose the drugs you are currently consuming for the past 1 month as well as an indication of their consumption. That way, your doctor can give you the best steps to take to get more accurate test results.
With early detection, treatment in people with HIV can be done more quickly. Although until now there is no known treatment that can cure total HIV, but the provision of antiretroviral drugs (anti-retroviral, anti-HIV drugs) can increase the potential for patients' lives, minimize the risk of dangerous complications, while also reducing the potential for disease transmission to others.
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