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What is HIV antibody test accuracy?

What is HIV antibody test accuracy?

HIV testing: Yes. Of course it is. That is as long as you have allowed enough time to past for your body to produce antibodies against the HIV if you are infected. If you are not infected then if you only test with the HIV antibody test, you must wait six months after exposure for it to be fully reliable and accurate if you test negative. The situation in reality is that no one need wait that long ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Hiv (Definition)

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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Is RNA PCR test for HIV accurate?

Is RNA PCR test for HIV accurate?

Yes: The nucleic acid test for HIV becomes positive about 20 days after exposure to the virus. ...Read more

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Is hiv-1-pcr quantitative and HIV RNA PCR quantitative same tests?can DNA PCR test be quantitative?

Is hiv-1-pcr quantitative and HIV RNA PCR quantitative same tests?can DNA PCR test be quantitative?

HIV testing: Yes. Viral testing can be qualitative or quantitative. Most HIV RNA testing is quantitative. ...Read more

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What can cause false positive ELISA HIV tests?

What can cause false positive ELISA HIV tests?

Unknown: There is not any real or valid answer to this. It is unknown. The only known reason would be previous participation in a specific HIV vaccine trial where some form of antibody response. But in one who have not so participated the answer is unknowable. ...Read more

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How accurate is a negative home OraQuick hiv test?

How accurate is a negative home OraQuick hiv test?

Very accurate: It is very accurate in the 99% range. If you have had a recentepossible exposure though you need to check it again in 3-6 months. ...Read more

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Is 12 weeks hiv Elisa negative test accurate?

Is 12 weeks hiv Elisa negative test accurate?

See below: It is good that it is negative but it is too soon to exclude HIV. Get a HIV nucleic acid test and if that is negative at 6 months after exposure that would essentially exclude HIV. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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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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Does 3 Hiv negative test confirms your HIV negative?

Does 3 Hiv negative test confirms your HIV negative?

Need details: A single nucleic acid test after the interval during which this becomes positive is proof enough that you are not infected. You're young. I trust you'll play safe from now on, and if you continue to have obsessive thoughts that you have become infected, sit down with your physician or someone who's trained in helping you get back into control of these unwanted and unhelpful thoughts. ...Read more

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Is the HIV DNA PCR test accurate enough for early diagnosis?

Is the HIV DNA PCR test accurate enough for early diagnosis?

Yes: The PCR is highly accurate and sensitive. It may take 6 weeks to 6 months for the elisa and western blot antibody tests to be positive. Since the PCR tests for the virus itself, it is detectable earlier, before an immune response has been initiated, but at a much higher price. ...Read more

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Are false positive HIV ELISA tests a sign of HSV 2?

Are false positive HIV ELISA tests a sign of HSV 2?

Please get help: Please call your therapist. You obviously do not believe anything we tell you here. Don't understand why you think it is okay to take our time up when you don't believe our answers are accurate. Please find another forum to deal with your internal struggles. ...Read more

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Can negative test results be trusted for a prostitute with HIV antibody rapid test and HIV duo test?

Can negative test results be trusted for a prostitute with HIV antibody rapid test and HIV duo test?

Not necessarily: If the person just acquired the infection, she or he may be carrying the virus that will not be detected by either antibody or antigen tests. Testing for viral nucleic acid is the earliest way to detect HIV infection. ...Read more

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What is a tpha quantitative blood test? Can this test detect latent stage syphilis?

What is a tpha quantitative blood test? Can this test detect latent stage syphilis?

Yes it can: The TPHA test (Treponema pallidum hemagglutination) is a confirmatory test for syphilis. Usually it is done only after a positive screening test, such as the VDRL, RPR, or an EIA test. If you have had negative results on one of these plus the TPHA, you can be 100% certain you don't have syphilis and probably never did. ...Read more

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Can an HIV antibody screening test be positive but the western blot negative?

Yes: There are 2 reasons for this kind of result: (1) a false positive, or (2) early infection before seroconversion. In someone at low risk for HIV without symptoms, another negative WB in 1 month means there's no infection. In someone at risk or with symptoms of acute infection, a viral load can be helpful. The new 4th generation antigen/antibody tests will eliminate this problem. ...Read more

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How accurate is 3 week ELISA blood tests on hiv? Elisa test is the newest HIV detection test?

How accurate is 3 week ELISA blood tests on hiv?  Elisa test is the newest HIV detection test?

Very accurate: The elisa assay is one of the longest standing tests for antibodies to hiv. Positive results must be confirmed using western blot or other tests. If negative at 3 wks you should be retested at 3 and 6 months to be absolutely certain, but those latter tests are rarely positive if the 3 wk test was negative. Be safe. Have only protected sex until both partners assuredly negative, and monogamous. ...Read more

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Are the oraquick HIV tests reliable?

Are the oraquick HIV tests reliable?

Not reliable enough: 97% of HIV infected individuals will develop antibodies to HIV within 3 months. 3% of HIV patients will take up to 6 months to develop antibodies. Compared to a blood test done in a laboratory Oraquick has an 8% false negative rate. *1 out of every 12 people WITH HIV will be read as negative. The Home Access HIV-1 collection test system which uses a finger stick blood sample is 100% accurate. ...Read more

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Are HIV antibody tests accurate? Are hepatitis C antibody tests accurate?

Testing for Viruses: Yes. Of course. But, it does matter the timing of the tests and the length of time since the possible infectious exposure. ...Read more

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Would HPV cause a false positive HIV ELISA test?

Would HPV cause a false positive HIV ELISA test?

It shouldn't: Hpv shouldn't cause a false positive elisa. But see what the follow up western blot shows. ...Read more

Dr. Dominic Riganotti
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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 (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