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Please explain how long should one wait/stay for HIV testing?

Please explain how long should one wait/stay for HIV testing?

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

Dr. Qamar Khan
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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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How long will it take for one having thrush during seroconversionto test positive for hiv?

How long will it take for one having thrush during seroconversionto test positive for hiv?

Whoa: Seroconversion is defined to include a positive blood test for hiv. Please forgive me if i misunderstood. I see that you do have multiple sclerosis, and I am wondering if you have developed thrush / candida and believe that you have acquired HIV despite a negative lab test. If you are seriously concerned, see if your physician can order up a pcr assay. ...Read more

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How long does HIV seroconversion usually take? When does one test positive for HIV with blood test?

How long does HIV seroconversion usually take? When does one test positive for HIV with blood test?

Different tests: There are several tests. "Seroconversion" usually means development of antibody that can be detected in blood tests. The standard, modern HIV antibody tests usually are positive within 4 weeks and virtually always by 6-8 weeks. HIV p24 antigen or DNA usually can be detected within 10-20 days after infection. The best single blood test is for both p24 and antibody. It is conclusive by 4 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does one have to wait, for hiv-1 DNA PCR results?

How long does one have to wait, for hiv-1 DNA PCR results?

Just few days: Depends how fast the genetic lab receives the specimen, HIV virus dna analysed and identfied by pollymer chain reaction, or PCR making copies of sequence and identifies. ...Read more

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Can one get HIV from touching semen spillage?Esp if I have cut on hand.Dunno whether semen from hiv+ guy or not or how long had it been exposed to air

Can one get HIV from touching semen spillage?Esp if I have cut on hand.Dunno whether semen from hiv+ guy or not or how long had it been exposed to air

Unlikely: A cut on your hand is still protected by the fibrin that has stopped the bleeding. Entry of virus into your bloodstream where it can do harm in this setting is extremely unlikely. You're an adult now and this brings new joys and new dangers. Be careful in all "adult" situations -- you owe this to yourself and those who love you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can hiv or any stds cause one to feel light headed for a long period of time?

Can hiv or any stds cause one to feel light headed for a long period of time?

Lightheadedness: Can be caused by a multitude of reasons related to circulatory problems, nervous problems or other conditions, having an STD by itself isn't a direct cause, you can get tested if you are highly suspicious, but see your doctor for evaluation for being lightheaded, ...Read more

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Is a canker sore in your mouth a sign of HIV infection ? Have one for a wk now very painful . Never had it this long . On my gum. What caused this?

Is a canker sore in your mouth a sign of HIV infection ? Have one for a wk now very painful . Never had it this long . On my gum. What caused this?

See below: Cancer sores are quite common and the cause is not known. If the lesion persists or recurs, you should see your dentist. See this site for more info on this topic. http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/canker-sores ...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