Rapid HIV test
Rapid test for the detection of the human immunodeficiency virus, better known as HIV. Results in 30-40 minutes
HIV Test at the airport
The test detects, using a small blood sample, the presence of viral antigens and antibodies to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This type of test is indicated for anyone who has had a risky sexual relationship or who simply wants to know the state of their sexual health. During the first 2 to 4 weeks after becoming infected with HIV, you may experience some fever, pain and discomfort. These symptoms – similar to the flu – are your body’s initial reaction to infection. During this phase, there is a lot of virus in your body, so it is very easy to spread it to other people. HIV symptoms only last for a few weeks and after that you may not experience any symptoms for years. However, you can transmit HIV to others regardless of whether you have symptoms or not.
HIV rapid test
The HIV rapid test is a test that detects the presence of viral antigens and antibodies against the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Test available only at the following airports: Madrid T2 and T4, Barcelona T1, Malaga, Gran Canaria, Tenerife North and South, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.
What does the HIV test analyse?
The HIV test detects the presence of viral antigens and antibodies to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), one of the most serious sexually transmitted diseases, which causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
The initial symptoms of HIV infection are very similar to those of influenza, experiencing fever, chills, muscle aches, rashes, nausea, swollen glands or fatigue during the first few weeks. This is a sign that your immune system has noticed that something is not working and is starting to fight the new infection.
Although there is currently no cure for HIV infection, the disease can be treated with medication, known as antiretroviral therapy. The treatment seeks to make it a manageable chronic disease and to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus to others.
You can reduce your risk of transmitting or becoming infected with HIV in a number of ways: by getting tested for HIV, by practising safer sex (limiting the number of sexual partners and using protection such as condoms) and by taking prophylactic drugs.
What is the window period?
The window period is an indicator of the pathogen incubation time frame and gives a hint of the time that must elapse for the performance of a reliable HIV test. The window period of the test performed at our HIV testing facilities is 12 days.
Where is the HIV testing service available?
No, you do not need to fast to undergo a rapid HIV test. You can have it done at any time of the day.
Our results will be available within 30-40 minutes of sample extraction. However, if you have not received your results within this time period, please call our Customer Service at +34 91 825 76 57, or you can complete the following Contact Us Form.
Yes. They are 100% confidential and will not be disclosed to anyone else, including your general practitioner. Your results will not be included in your medical records. Your Unique Reference Number is required to get your results; without it, they will not be provided.
The rapid HIV test results report indicates a positive or negative result. In case of infection, the result will be positive; in the absence of infection, it will be negative.
A positive test result suggests that HIV antigens or HIV antibodies may be present in the blood obtained and subjected to a rapid test after the finger puncture. You will need to have further blood drawn to confirm the result of the reactive test. Until the presence of the virus is confirmed, precautions should be taken to avoid the possibility of spreading HIV.
You can, if the window period has not been respected. That is why we always recommend taking into account the number of days that have elapsed since the exposure or risky contact before you take the test. Please note that the window period for the HIV test we perform is 12 days.