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A 22-year-old male asked:

cdc site says that any generation of hiv test will be accurate in 12 weeks or 3 months in very rare cases it will take up to 6 month is this right?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Yes: This is assuming that we are referring to tests measuring an antibody response to HIV infection. If there is any real question about whether a patient has been infected one can measure for the presence and number of RNA molecules of HIV present in the serum. If that remains negative there is little if any chance of the presence of infection.

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A 52-year-old member asked:

My boyfriend of over 1yr refuses to take an HIV test although I have taken one and got a negative result.?

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Dr. Andrew Malinchak
Family Medicine 30 years experience
HIV testing.: Have him go donate a pint of blood to the red cross. They will screen for it and other diseases. If he has hiv, they will notify him and not use the blood. If he's HIV negative, then he will help others by his donation!
A 33-year-old member asked:

If sexually active (serial monogamous), how often should I have HIV test?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Depends: If you enter a new relationship it is wise to have your partner tested, having the male partner using condoms until cleared. Then, depending upon your confidence in your other partner, either continue using protection or if you are willing to take the risk of a potentially fatal disease, test yourself about every 3-4 months. This is a very difficult issue since many people are not open about sex.
Los Angeles, CA
A 37-year-old female asked:

I'm also curious as to which stores will be carrying the new over-the-counter HIV test, and about how much it will cost?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
30000+ stores +onlin: It is currently not available as to where and how much, but this info should be available closer to the actual launch date set for 10/12. I suspect local stores such as cvs, walgreen, wal-mart, target, riteaid etc..Will carry it and probably will cost about 30-40 bucks a pop--just a guess. Good luck.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How does the HIV test differ from other tests?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Complicated: There are several different ways of testing for hiv. One can measure for antibodies or for RNA by pcr. There is nothing special about testing for this lentivirus in terms of techniques that are generally used for all different types of illnesses. The major factor is that you are looking either for substances of the virus or for antibodies to it.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for an HIV test result to come in?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
OTC Immediately: There are now over the counter (otc) HIV tests available that can be done at home. A blood test takes one to two days depending on the laboratory.

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