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What is the most accurate type of HIV test?

What is the most accurate type of HIV test?

Serology: A standard serology (elisa, with western blot confirmation of positive results). ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Keith
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Hiv (Definition)

HIV is also known as HIV/AIDS. Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more


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I did 4th Generation HIV test after around 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,14,15 weeks of an exposure. Is this 100% conclusive? can i get back safely to my wife

Sero-conversion: The whole concept of delayed sero-conversion dates back to old & sloppy tests. PCR testing now will show virus in the blood with or without antibodies. If you need to cling to the old adages...at 6 months..99.99% of the population will have developed antibodies after an exposure..thus the 6 month window. I believe a colleague of mine Lyssette Cardona, MD is in Dubai..she's one of the best!! ...Read more

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Is home HIV test accurate at 3 weeks ?

Is home HIV test accurate at 3 weeks ?

Depends: Home tests depend on antibody and three weeks after exposure is usually too soon to test as antibodies take longer to develop. No test will exclude HIV infection this soon after exposure. You may discuss getting an HIV nucleic acid test at about 6 weeks after exposure. ...Read more

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Is 2 months past the possible exposure date adequate time for a home HIV test and homeHepatitis B/C test to be reliable? More wait time or is this ok?

Is 2 months past the possible exposure date adequate time for a home HIV test and homeHepatitis B/C test to be reliable? More wait time or is this ok?

Test yourself now: At your age, you should ask your physician for a yearly HIV check, and probably you will get liver enzymes that would clue you to having acquired hepatitis. Here's an idea, Oliver -- if the person with whom you shared love is worth it, they'll be glad to let you know whether they know their status, and take the test as well. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can there be any take home HIV test that can detect HIV a week after exposure?

Can there be any take home HIV test that can detect HIV a week after exposure?

No: Please get with your physician if you think you have been exposed like this. He / she will explain your options. ...Read more

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How accurate is a home HIV test that you get results in five minutes is that considered accurate and conclusive after 4 1/2 weeks ?

HIV oral fluids test: ...is not quite conclusive at 4.5 weeks, probably about 90% reliable. Most current (3rd generation) HIV blood tests, including the rapid ones, are conclusive by 6-8 wk after exposure, 4th gen at 4 wk. Previous advice about waiting 3 months is pretty much outmoded. However, the oral fluids test sometimes takes longer. It's the one test that probably is not conclusive until 3 months. ...Read more

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Is the ora-quick home HIV test accurate? Its FDA approved. Should i use it and trust the results?

Is the ora-quick home HIV test accurate? Its FDA approved. Should i use it and trust the results?

Limitations: A negative result on a test done too soon after exposure does not rule out HIV. A positive test needs to be confirmed with a more definitive test, i.e., positive result does not mean you have HIV. Consult this site for info about home test. http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm310545.htm ...Read more

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I took a oraquick at home HIV test that you buy from drugstore 6 years after possible exposure. Is that too long after to take it? I did two of them to be extra sure, if that matters. Both negative.

HIV: It is never too long or too late to get tested if you had a possible exposure to HIV and want to know if you contracted the disease. It can however be too early for some people if they test too soon after an exposure to catch the virus before it becomes apparent on usual blood screening tests. ...Read more

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Can you have aids if your at home HIV test was negative?

Can you have aids if your at home HIV test was negative?

Depends: How long after the episode in which you may have been exposed to hiv, did you do the test? Antibody tests, such as the home test, can take more than six months to become positive. If you did the test 3-4 months after the exposure the risk of your having HIV is minimal. ...Read more

Dr. Lisa Oldson
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Hiv Test (Definition)

There are several ways to detect the HIV virus. The first is by antibodies. This includes eia (enzyme immuno assay). The rapid HIV tests are these types. The second way detects proteins on the viral coat (western blot). This is a gel plate electrophoresis. Thirdly there is pcr (polymerase chain reaction). This detects and amplifies dna allowing a viral ...Read more


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

Human immunodeficiency virus is also known as HIV/AIDS. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids), [1][2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more