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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. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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

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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How long should I wait to get an accurate HIV test after (maybe) got exposed to it? And how long does the test itself take to give back the results?

How long should I wait to get an accurate HIV test after (maybe) got exposed to it?  And how long does the test itself take to give back the results?

Rapid testing HIV: You can get oraquick otc, a home oral test that is quite accurate, and then follow up with a more detailed antibody test at 4-6 weeks and again in three months. There are rare individuals who do not become positive until 6 mos. If you want to spend the money there is an RNA pcr which will be definitive if negative at 4 wks. Make sure, however, that you also get tested for other stds. ...Read more

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I went to the drs and had an HIV test that was last tuesday and i still don't have a result if its anything would I have known by now? How long it take

I went to the drs and had an HIV test that was last tuesday and i still don't have a result if its anything would I have known by now? How long it take

Call your doctor: The test should have been completed a while ago. The process for the test takes less than a day. Call your doctor for the result. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an HIV test result to come in?

OTC Immediately: There are now over the counter (otc) HIV tests available that can be done at home. A blood test takes one to two days depending on the laboratory. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a HIV test result to come back?

How long does it take for a HIV test result to come back?

Depends on type: An HIV test can be done instantly in the doctor's office (results are not as reliable), or it can be done in a regular lab. Usually not more than 2-3 days. However, many labs "batch" test -- meaning they only test for certain analytes once per week or every 3 days. So, maybe that is the delay... ...Read more

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I went to the drs and had an HIV test that was last tuesday and i still don't have a result if its anything would I have known by now? How long it takes? I called on tuesday she's on vacation

I went to the drs and had an HIV test that was last tuesday and i still don't have a result if its anything would I have known by now? How long it takes? I called on tuesday she's on vacation

Try to be patient.: When i order an HIV test, i usually get the results back in a week. I don't know if they are sent out to a different facility to be run. I think people have come to expect medical treatment to be a bit like the mcdonald's drive through. ...Read more

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I took a oraquick at home HIV test that you buy from drugstore 6 years after possible exposure. Is that too long after to take it? I did two of them to be extra sure, if that matters. Both negative.

HIV: It is never too long or too late to get tested if you had a possible exposure to HIV and want to know if you contracted the disease. It can however be too early for some people if they test too soon after an exposure to catch the virus before it becomes apparent on usual blood screening tests. ...Read more

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How long would HIV take to produce symptoms?I had unprotected sex(2006).Have had 2 kids since.No health issues.Can't recall HIV test, just panicking.

How long would HIV take to produce symptoms?I had unprotected sex(2006).Have had 2 kids since.No health issues.Can't recall HIV test, just panicking.

Knowledge helps: The wart producing strains are usually going to produce warty growths on your labia within months of exposure, but certainly by ten years out.The strains we associate with cervical cancer could take decades to eventually cause a bad pap smear or worse. Before the vaccine upwards of 70% of college age women had blood evidence of exposure,most goingon to have families and normal lives.Relax but tst ...Read more

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Naat HIV test has the shortest window period of only about 2 weeks. Does this length apply even to those who take longer than average to seroconvert?

Dr. Ziad Akl Dr. Akl
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Yes: The two things have nothing to do with each other. Naat looks for the viral nucleic acid, while seroconversion is the appearance of antibodies against the virus. ...Read more

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Is genital herpes cureable ? How long will it take? My HIV test was found negative.

Is genital herpes cureable ? How long will it take? My HIV test was found negative.

Unfortunately,: "herpes is forever" is all too true. On a brighter note, it can be successfully suppressed with anti-viral drugs, either with each flare, if infrequent, or with long-term suppression. Since herpes lesions compromise the integrity of skin/mucous membranes, it puts you at greater risk for acquiring hiv. Thus, always use protection & practice safe sex. See pcp for rx for anti-viral meds. ...Read more

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When is the best time to take a HIV test.

Unclear question: Now is as good a time as any. If you mean when to get the test after potential exposure, i would suggest that you see your doctor immediately after the potential exposure to seek post-exposure prophylaxis and then discuss the testing schedule with your doctor. ...Read more

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How long do I have to wait till i get a HIV test?

How long do I have to wait till i get a HIV test?

HIV Exposure: First, if one has an acute exposure one should not wait at all. We only have a 72 hour window to prevent infection. Second, if there is a high risk exposure one can get a viral RNA test after 21 days that is 100% accurate. Third: the antibody testing that is routine for HIV can miss infection for up to six months after exposure. ...Read more

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How much time does it take to get HIV test results?

How much time does it take to get HIV test results?

Depends on the test: Antibody tests take a few minutes. Nucleic acid test may take a day. ...Read more

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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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First HIV test came back negative how many more do I take for a definite negative?

Depends on timing: It depends on the particular test (or combination of tests) done and how long since last possible exopsure. The DUO test (HIV antibody plus p24 antigen) is conclusive any time 4 weeks or more after exposure. Most antibody-only tests ("third generation" tests) 6-8 weeks, even though official advice says to wait 3 months. Older antibody tests and the rapid oral fluids test still require 3 months. ...Read more

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How long after the exposure should I wait to get a 100% accurate and reliable result for HIV test? 3 or 6 month

How long after the exposure  should I wait to get a 100% accurate and reliable result for HIV test?
3 or 6 month

6months: Usually test is conclusive after 6months .There have been some rare cases where sero conversion took up to a year to occur ...Read more

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hiv test read negative was told by a nurse I should be take hiv meds. How is this possible what's the chances of false negative

hiv test  read negative was told by a nurse I should be take hiv meds. How is this possible what's the chances of false negative

Miscommunication?: If you are not infected, there is no reason to take HIV drugs. Either you misheard or the nurse made an error. I presume that you were HIV negative not because of previious or current Rx. ...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