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Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)

Want to know more about Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)? Dr Avron Urison from AllLife explains what it is and how it works.

Testing for HIV

Having an HIV test? Dr Avron Urison explains what it is and how it works.

I had unsafe sex. Now what?

If you’ve had unsafe sex, you’re probably feeling anxious and uncertain about the best course of action. Here’s what to do.

HIV antibody tests

There are three possible HIV antibody tests: HIV ELISA tests, HIV rapid tests and saliva and urine tests.

Insurer to use finger-prick test

Simpler tests will mean faster policy processing says Nicky van der Nest of Liberty, which is changing its screening methods for HIV.

Why you should get tested

The only way to know your HIV status for sure is to get tested. A person who is HIV positive may look and feel perfectly well, and be unaware that they are infected.

Viral tests

Viral tests are used to diagnose very early HIV infection. There are two types of test available to detect HIV itself, the PCR test and the p24 test.

What is the "window period?"

The window period is the period between the onset of HIV infection and the appearance of detectable antibodies to the virus.

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HIV/Aids expert

Dr Sindisiwe van Zyl qualified at the University of Pretoria before working for an HIV/AIDS NPO in Soweto for many years. She was named one of the Mail & Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans in 2012.

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