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how long after having unprotected sex should i wait to accurately be tested for hiv?

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Dr. Lisa Oldson
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Probably a few weeks: Per the cdc, most people w/ a new HIV infection will be positive on an antibody test by 25 days after exposure. Research shows that 99.8% of people r positive by 3 months. Standard antibody testing is highly accurate, >99%. Early detection HIV tests pick up HIV a bit sooner. 9 - 11 days 4 RNA testing, 2 - 3 weeks 4 dna testing. Sexualhealth.Com or your doctor can guide you. Repeat test @ 3 months!

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When is a normal time to start having sex again after giving birth?

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6 weeks: For many years obs have always said 6 weeks. I would imagine most patients do not wait that long. With an episiotomy, we feel 6 weeks are needed for complete healing. Without an episiotomy there is no need to wait 6 weeks. The uterus takes about 6 weeks to return to normal size but this should not be a factor. With a cesarean certainly 6 weeks makes sense. In short, i would suggest 6 weeks.
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Is it normal to not want to have sex after giving birth?

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How does a man's sex life change with aging?

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What herbal medicine is suggested to increase cd-4cells and decrease viral load for HIV patients?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
None: There are no herbal medicines that have ever been shown to have these effects. People tried them all in the 80's and early 90's, before we had good HIV treatment. They didn't work, and many people died.

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