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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
HIV is Hard to Get: Yes. Of course. It is accurate from six months forward.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
24 years experience in Infectious Disease
Immunoblot: Western blot is an antibody detection test. Viral antigens (the protein coat of hiv) are immobilized in a matrix (gel). These are then transferred t ... Read More
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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience in Infectious Disease
HIV doubtful, but...: Most likely you do not have HIV and the Western blot will be negative. But do not rely on this reply or any other online advice. This requires direct ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Quality control: In a lab test, the control is the test done by the lab at the same time as when the lab tests the patient's sample. If the control test worked properl ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
EIA +: The test is automatically done by the lab if the eia (elisa) antibody test is positive. People with positive rapid tests should also have their resul ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Smith
31 years experience in Internal Medicine
Western blot: Most sensitive test available. Negative excellent.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
MIstreatment?: Any doctor who diagnosed you with a positive HIV test should be sending the HIV RNA test and not just the western blot test. You are in the U.S. You ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
HIV nucleic acid: Some people take a lot longer to make antibodies. Therefore you should get a HIV nucleic acid test at 6 months after exposure, if that is negative, th ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lester Thompson
32 years experience in Pathology
Yes: While it is possible, it is very uncommon and infrequent.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Miller
40 years experience in Pathology
Yes: Infection with either hiv-1 or hiv-2 is not protective against a superimposed infection by the other virus. So in theory, yes, one could get both in ... Read More

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