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I had sex with a suspected victim of hiv/aids 2days ago how long should I stay before going for checkup (hiv test) so as to have an acurrate result?

I had sex with a suspected victim of hiv/aids   2days ago how long should I stay before going for checkup (hiv test) so as to have an acurrate result?

GO TODAY: There is no ifs ands or buts. You need to get to a expert in this field by the end of today. You have 72 hours after exposure to get on prophylaxis medications to prevent infection. You do not wait. You do not go to work. You get to a specialist to get started on pep (post exposure prophylaxis. You can prevent infection if you act early! ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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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What does it mean if your hiv/aids test shows up as invalid?

What does it mean if your hiv/aids test shows up as invalid?

Indeterminate?: In HIV testing, the words that are most commonly used are "negative, positive and indeterminate". The word invalid may refer to a problem in the testing in which some or all results were considered invalid. If that is the case, you will need to have the test(s) repeated. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for an hiv/aids test to come back?

How long is it supposed to it take for an hiv/aids test to come back?

Depends on the lab: And the test. Most tests can be completed the day the specimen is received. When you get the results depends on how long it takes to get the specimen to the lab, how often does the lab run the test and how long does it take your doctor who gets the results to contact your. ...Read more

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Can having TB make you read a positive on an hiv/aids test?

No: Tb can occur with HIV but does not cause the test to be positive on its own. ...Read more

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Should I feel secure without having a blood test that I don't have advanced hiv/aids if I had a negative OraQuick hiv test at home?

Should I feel secure without having a blood test that I don't have advanced hiv/aids if I had a negative OraQuick hiv test at home?

Depends: The Oraquick test will take some time to turn positive after exposure to HIV if you get infected. You should repeat later (check package insert) to make sure you are not too early after exposure to be positive. ...Read more

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With the new OTC aids / HIV test, does it give you unreliable results if you've been drinking (beer or wine) and eating around the time of the test?

15-30 minutes: You should not eat, drink, or chew gum 15 minutes prior to the test or use oral care products or alcohol for 30 minutes prior to the test. ...Read more

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Dr. Lisa Oldson
348 doctors shared insights

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