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Dr. Arthur Balin
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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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Do home HIV tests work well?

Do home HIV tests work well?

Yes, highly reliable: The US Food and Drug Administration requires very high standards to approve tests for use at home without medical supervision, and this test is very reliable if the instructions are carefully followed. In the US, it is a "2nd generation" HIV antibody test, taking up to 3 months to become positive. 3rd and 4th generation tests in labs are better if you are at risk for more recent exposure. ...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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Home HIV test tested negative after two months. Should I still be worried?

Home HIV test tested negative after two months. Should I still be worried?

Yes. Let me explain.: It's very unlikely that you are HIV positive. You should be "worried" but in a good way. You're almost a grown man now. You gave and received love and I hope this is something you'll always treasure even if it wasn't perfect. Let the fear that this encounter generated lead you to be a more thoughtful, discerning, and careful lover. Do right by yourself and the people who will be special. ...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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BioSure Home HIV Rapid Self fingerprick tests after 12 months, all four negative. Am I HIV negative? I am in the UK. Only Biosure approved here.

Likely free: If you did the test correctly at one year after potential exposure and the result was negative, you are essentially free of HIV. If you want to be sure, you may get a HIV nucleic acid test. For safer sex guidelines, you may visit this site: http://www.aids.org/topics/aids-factsheets/aids-background-information/what-is-aids/safer-sex-guidelines/ ...Read more

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Biosure Home Self HIV rapid tests. Can I trust my four neg results after 12 mon. I am in the UK. Only Biosure approved for home self rapid testing.

Likely: I would say home self test is definitely reassuring if all done correctly. 12 months is a good window. That being said none of home tests can guarantee result as 100%. In USA any GP/hospital/urgent care will perform rapid HIV testing for free from venous blood and thats what I would recommend doing to put this to rest. Hope you have similar avenues for blood testing in UK. best of luck! ...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