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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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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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

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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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? .

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? .

There: There is no routine requirement to have an HIV test prior to breast reduction surgery. However, if you feel you may be at risk- multiple sexual partners, IV drug abuse, transfusion hsitory etc., it is probably a smart and ethical choice to be tested. ...Read more

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How to get tested for hiv?

How to get tested for hiv?

HIV testing: Any physician can order this for you. Many communities also have STD testing clinics. ...Read more

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How can I get tested for HIV?

How can I get tested for HIV?

Any physician: Any physician in office practice can arrange for you to be tested or do the test in the office. ...Read more

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How often should you get tested for HIV?

How often should you get tested for HIV?

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

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When after should you get tested for hiv?

When after should you get tested for hiv?

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

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What is a good way to deal when waiting to get tested for hiv?

What is a good way to deal when waiting to get tested for hiv?

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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Where and how to get tested for HIV 1 Group N and P?

Your doctor: Your doctor office can arrange that

or your local health dapertment can do that as well ...Read more

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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?

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?

No.: There is no evidence that HIV can be spread via a piercing gun. But if the gun was not properly sterilized you could get an infection. If the piercing site gets red and tender, see your doctor. ...Read more

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When you get tested for HIV and syphilis will you get tested for aids to?

When you get tested for HIV and syphilis will you get tested for aids to?

AIDS: Aids is the medical condition/syndrome that is caused by an HIV infection. The diagnosis of aids by a clinical exam and having several medical conditions associated with the HIV infection. ...Read more

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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

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Which week does a pregnant woman get tested for hiv?

Which week does a pregnant woman get tested for hiv?

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

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At which week or month of pregnancy does a woman generally get tested for hiv?

At which week or month of pregnancy does a woman generally get tested for hiv?

Early: Generally, HIV is tested with the first prenatal labs ordered in pregnancy. Depending on when the woman is seen, this is usually in the first trimester. ...Read more

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When we should get tested for HIV after possible exposure and which is the best test for HIV in india?

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

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Can ER patients get tested for hiv/aids?

If they want to be: Tested. Ers often offer HIV test to all comers, however, they will not do the test without your consent. ...Read more

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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

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When after sex can you get tested for HIV and other stds?

After 4 weeks: Some diseases may show earlier like gonorrhea/chlamydia may present with discharge and should be tested and treated right away. But other std can be tested approx. 4 weeks after unprotected sex. ...Read more

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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

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

HIV Testing: 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

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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

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

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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

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

Depends: 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

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