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Hiv Testing Methods
Is 4th generation ag/ab conclusive for BOTH hiv-1 & hiv-2 after 6 months (& multiple tests before this) of unprotected sex? Is further testing needed?
HIV is also known as HIV/AIDS. 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
Did my HIV test cmia method after 2 months 15 days came out non reactive and index 0.13 does i need furthur testing or this result is satisfactory ?
Can Alcohol lead to false Negative Hiv tests when tested using Rapid -3rd generation testing Method?
What is the accuracy of the "non rapid" HIV a/b TESTING? I had a negative test 1 month ago and no possible exposure in 2 years. thanks!
Nearly conclusive: Almost certainly you weren't infected. The most commonly used HIV antibody tests ("3rd generation" tests) detect around 95% of infections by then, but testing at 6-8 weeks is needed for a conclusive result. The newer "4th generation" (antigen-antibody) tests are conclusive any time 4 weeks or more after exposure. Check with the doctor's office or lab about which you had. ...Read more
There are a couple: There's a couple ways to go for home testing. One is a test like the OraQuick InHome test which uses oral secretions for testing but it's pretty expensive and is an antibody test so can test negative during a window of time after exposure when you might actually be positive. The other test is a mail out blood test (finger prick) called The Home Access HIV-1 and it's sensitivity is 100%. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No reason to wait: If you think you have been exposed to HIV see your doctor immediately to see if you need post-exposure prophylaxis. There are three different tests that turn positive at different times following exposure. The earliest time to test by HIV nucleic acid would be at about 6 week after exposure. See this site for more info. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc2095005/. ...Read more
What is the difference between testing at 3 months and 6 months for HIV? Will 116 days give me an accurate result? Or should I wait 6 months?
HIV: There is a small percentage of infected individuals who have a delay in forming measurable levels of antibody to this virus. You should probably be tested at 3 and 6 months to be certain. Or in the alternative a PCR for HIV RNA at 3 months should be definitive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
HIV testing...: Negative testing 6 months from exposure is highly accurate and no further testing is needed as long as there have not been other risky sexual encounters since that time. You can be confident that testing 6 months after exposure to the virus provides highly accurate results. In future avoid high risk sexual encounters, use protection, and get regular screening for HIV/STDs if remain sexually active ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Human immunodeficiency virus is also known as HIV/AIDS. 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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