Fighter or MMA Blood Test Panel
A Fighter or MMA Blood Test Panel includes a HIV 1 and 2 Preliminary Blood Test (4th generation), Hepatitis C Antibodies and Hepatitis B Surface Antigen.
The MMA Fighter Blood Test Panel is often required for professional fighters such as boxers or mixed martial arts (MMA) competitors to qualify for competitions. Test requirements may vary by state, so please verify this panel covers your state requirements. The MMA Fighter's Blood Test Panel includes:
HIV 1 and 2 Preliminary Blood Test (4th generation)
The HIV 1 and 2 Preliminary Blood Test (4th generation) is the recommended standard rapid test for routine HIV Screening. It typically sees quick results in just 1-2 business days and is one of the most affordable HIV tests available. The HIV Antigen/Antibodies test, also known as a 4th Generation HIV Test, looks for both antibodies to the HIV virus and the p24 Antigen which is specific to HIV. Antibodies to HIV typically begin to develop several weeks after exposure. In the majority of people, these antibodies will be detectable by 12 weeks from the point of exposure. In some people, antibodies may be detectable as early as 4 weeks from exposure. The p24 Antigen is a viral protein that makes up the majority of the HIV viral core (capsid). P24 Antigen levels are typically highest a few weeks after exposure and drop to undetectable levels during the time when antibodies begin to develop. The combination of screening for both antibodies and antigen allow this test to detect a significantly higher number of early infections than previous generations of HIV screening.
Hepatitis C Antibody Blood Test
This Hep C Blood Test is the safest way to assess exposure to Hepatitis C virus infection. This test is used for detecting antibodies to the Hepatitis C virus. Since a person with the past infection will have a lifelong antibody response, confirmed positive antibody tests mean that the person had been exposed to the virus at one time or another. These tests are extremely effective in ruling out HCV. The most up-to-date EIA is capable of antibody detection as early as six-eight weeks. Though a negative test at this time can be extremely useful, it is best to wait about three months to avoid the need for a follow-up test.
Hepatitis B Surface Antigen Blood Test
This Hep B blood test provides the earliest indicator of the presence of acute infection. Also indicative of chronic infection. The test is useful in the differential diagnosis of hepatitis. Patients who are negative for HBsAg may still have acute type B viral hepatitis. There is sometimes a “core window” stage when HBsAg has become negative and the patient has not yet developed the antibody (anti-HBs). On such occasions, both tests for anti-HBc are usually positive, and anti-HBc, IgM is the only specific marker for the diagnosis of acute infection with hepatitis B. In cases with strong clinical suspicion of viral hepatitis, serologic testing should not be limited to detecting HBsAg, but should include a battery of tests to evaluate different stages of acute and convalescent hepatitis.
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