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How reliable is negative hiv pcr rna test around 12 weeks after unprotected exposure? do i need more testing? thanks in advance

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Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 45 years experience
Yes, in 3 months: The PCR test detects genetic material of HIV itself, and is very accurate. There are a small number of people who are infected, but the virus is not detectable in their bodies until more time has passed. Most experts recommend a final test at 6 months after exposure. Good luck!
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Good to go, Mike: Be thankful for good health. Whatever happened, I hope you'll cherish a memory of having given and received love. Like all human love, it was imperfect and dangerous. Perhaps you're smarter from the experience -- it happens to all of us. Be wise, and perhaps there'll be someone soon with whom you'll find lifetime true love.

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