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Hiv Test Contracted
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
Probably not: There are at least 20 different HIV blood tests in use around the world, with different cut-off values for positive results. For most or all, 1.0 is negative. Since you know the specific number, you must have a written report; it should provide that information for your test. If it does not, or if you don't understand it, contact the doctor, clinic or laboratory where the test was done. ...Read more
Yes, but...: ...enough time must have passed since the last possible exposure. The laboratory blood tests all are conclusive within 6-8 weeks, and the 4th generation ("duo", "combo") tests at 4 weeks. The oral fluids home test takes longest of all, up to 3 months to be conclusive. So if you are concerned about a recent exposure, best to go to a doctor's office for proper counseling and testing. ...Read more
HIV: Testing for antibodies should be repeated at 3 and 6 months after exposure. The basic tests are very sensitive, but some patients are slow to develop antibodies. If you want a far more specific and definitive way of reassuring yourself ask for a PCR for HIV RNA. It is a little pricey. ...Read more
HIV: The new 4th generation testing for antibodies is incredibly accurate by 10-12 weeks, but there is always that rare individual who has delayed antibody response and may not be positive for up to 6 mos. If one wishes to be certain they can undergo pcr for hiv-rna ($$$) which is definitive within 2-4 weeks or earlier. ...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
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