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What is the most accurate type of HIV test?

What is the most accurate type of HIV test?

Serology: A standard serology (elisa, with western blot confirmation of positive results). ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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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

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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Hi..Please tell how much reliable is rapid detection at home HIV test kit?And please tell me how it is done.Is it done in morning or any time?

Hi..Please tell how much reliable is rapid detection at home HIV test kit?And please tell me how it is done.Is it done in morning or any time?

HIV Testing: It is very accurate as long as you are three to six months past the exposure. If you are not this far past the exposure the test should be avoided. If you have real risk of HIV there is a better test that can be definite at 21 days post exposure. This is the HIV RNA viral test. The time of day one does this kind of test does not matter in any way. ...Read more

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What would experts say about accuracy of the HIV home test kit?

What would experts say about accuracy of the HIV home test kit?

Pretty good : Roughly 92% accuracy. http://m.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/07/this-at-home-hiv-test-looks-simple-but-is-it-accurate/259558/.

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Would a HIV oraquick home kit test be accurate 4 weeks after exposure?

HIV antibody tests: No. The antibody testing that is the routine way to test for HIV is not a good test for such a time this close to exposure. But, there is the HIV pcr dna tests. These would be conclusive at four weeks. Unfortunately, this type of testing is not available as a home test. ...Read more

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I read that for HIV test by test kit would require your blood. Is this painful?

I read that for HIV test by test kit would require your blood. Is this painful?

Pin prick: Blood test requires a pin prick to the finger to get a small drop of blood. A screening test using oral fluid is available that does not require blood. ...Read more

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I want to get a HIV test kit immediately.Anyone please help me.I am in uae , ajman.From werw i get a HIV test kit? Sites, pharmacies..Anything please

I want to get a HIV test kit immediately.Anyone please help me.I am in uae , ajman.From werw i get  a HIV test kit? Sites, pharmacies..Anything please

HIV testing: First. If you have had a high risk exposure HIV infection can be prevented if one acts within 72 hours. Second an HIV test will not pick up an infection for about three to six months after infection. Home HIV kits are usually available over the counter at drug and grocery stores where other medical testing and supplies are sold. ...Read more

Dr. Lisa Oldson
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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