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Do You Get Tested For Hiv Before Surgery
How do you get tested for HIV and hep c? Is this through blood work only or can u have it done with a pap test?
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
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
Do I have to have an HIV test before a breast reduction surgery? My friend said that she needed to give blood for an HIV test before having breast reduction surgery. Is this common? .
HIV testing: If you have never been tested before, you should get tested NOW to establish a baseline. Many cities have free and anonymous HIV testing. After your initial test, you do not need to get tested again unless you have engaged in risky behavior such as needle sharing or unprotected sex. Unprotected anal and vaginal sex are the most risky, especially for the receptive partner. Always practice safe sex! ...Read more
HIV testing: Most people develop HIV antibodies within 2-8 weeks of their infection. The average is 25 days. 97% of people will develop detectable antibodies in the first 3 months. Rarely, it can take up to 6 months to develop antibody. If there's concern about acute hiv, a test that measures HIV RNA viral load can be done. The time between HIV infection and RNA detection is about 10 days. Talk with md. ...Read more
Be strong: What's the worst that could happen? Having HIV on board is a lifetime of taking medications that may not be altogether pleasant, and will be a social handicap. It's no longer certain death. Something happened that put you at risk, but I am confident that you will remember other aspects of this experience, hopefully as having been wonderful. Think of your strengths. ...Read more
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or your local health dapertment can do that as well ...Read more
I read piercing guns are bad, just got mine done with it should I get tested for HIV even though they used a brand new earring and cassatt?
Husband steped on the needle on the beach. Does he need to get tested for HIV? It was during the day, the needle was broken, just the half metal part.
I received oral sex about two months ago, should I get tested for hiv?, no symptoms experienced yet.
No: The risk is virtually zero.Get a more detailed answer ›
If I get tested for HIV 8 weeks after exposure and I already had primary infection symptoms 47 days after exposure, is reliable?
0, 3 and 6 months: When you have an exposure...Its very important to get to your doctor. It may be possible to prevent infection if caught within 72 hours. Now. While its great that you were negative at 8 weeks. Were not done. You need testing at 3 months and again 6 months after that. What symptoms are you having? You should find a good infectious disease doctor in your area. ...Read more
If you had sex with the same guy 2 times when should u get tested for HIV? I want to get checked but I don't know when I should get checked
Asked and answered: Your question has already been accurately and graciously answered. After twelve weeks. ...Read more
Immediately: A pregnant woman should usually get tested for HIV as soon as she finds out she is pregnant and seeks prenatal care. If she does not seek any prenatal care prior to delivery, an HIV test will likely be offered at the time of delivery to ensure that the mother does not have hiv. If the mother is positive, then she will get the option of treatment of HIV during/after delivery to reduce risk to baby. ...Read more
That should be: Possible.Get a more detailed answer ›
When we should get tested for HIV after possible exposure and which is the best test for HIV in india?
See your doc: You better call your fam doc as soon as you can he will arrange all the tests and medications if needed. ...Read more
I had an unprotected sexual encounter in thailand 22 days ago. I started on pep 10 hours after the incident. When can I get tested for hiv?
PeP and Testing: Good for you for starting on PeP. We now also know that PreP works even more effectively. You cannot be tested accurately during the time you are on PeP. But, I will always send an HIV RNA test two weeks after PeP ends. This test would be extremely accurate and not need any further testing afterwards. But, if you have ongoing risk you should get tested every three months routinely & consider PreP ...Read more
Can new stitched wound due to normal birth delivery contract HIV if get in touch with wet blood on toilet bowl? Should I get tested for Hiv?
Should I get tested for HIV if some semen (unknown HIV status and exposed 15 minutes to air) have come in contact with a hangnail on my finger? Why?
Can you still have sex and still be tested for HIV virus? Or do you have to wait a point in time to not have sex? And then get tested for HIV virus
You can be tested for HIV at any time, whether you are currently sexually active or not.
The standard HIV antibody test can be relied upon as long as any exposure was three to six months ago. If the exposure may be closer to now, as long as it is fourteen to 21 days ago, there is the HIV pcr dna test that can be relied on as well.
If you have any concerns please get tested. ...Read more
Can youget HIV by going to get tested for HIV at a sexual health clinic? I'm concerned with the needles they use &that people have tested positive there
No risk, no worries: Nobody ever gets infected by having blood drawn. For over 40 years, no doctors or clinics in industrialized countries have reused needles. Don't worry about it. To avoid HIV your entire life, have safe sex and don't share needles for self injection. Don't worry about any other possibilities; they are mostly urban myths. ...Read more
When I want to get tested for HIV by the DNA PCR should I order 2 separate tests for hiv1 and hiv2 or this test can detect both? Becuase its expensive
PCR is usually a "reflexive" test, run after an antibody test is positive, and depends on how ordered.
You might consider contacting a health department, many will test for free. If your initial test is positive, they will almost certainly run a confirmation PCR test (for both types). ...Read more
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
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids),  a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more