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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

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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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 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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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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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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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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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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What HIV test should take after 50 days of having unsafe sex. And after how many days accurate HIV results can we get. Please answer.?

See your doctor: If you are concerned about possible exposure to HIV, you need to see a doctor immediately. 50 days is too late for post-exposure prophylaxis however your doctor could still advise you and tell you which is the next step. There are many tests to take: antibody test, rapid test, other novel tests. The window period from exposure to positive tests may be up to 3 months. ...Read more

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How long after possible HIV exposure can I get a definitive test result from a home oraquick HIV test?

NEVER definitive: There are several percent false negatives on home oraquick. Alex, you can't go on worrying like this -- it'll slow you down emotionally and interfere with your work and just being happy. Get with your primary care physician and pay for a nucleic acid test now. It's better to know, no matter what the result. Be brave, cherish the memory of love, and move on with your life. ...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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How can a person take a home HIV test or visit a physician and get results without the results being sprung on you out of nowhere?

How can a person take a home HIV test or visit a physician and get results without the results being sprung on you out of nowhere?

That's easy: One can go to her doctor and ask for an HIV test. She schedules a return visit to the doctor for 2 weeks later. The lab does the test. The patient does not open any email from the lab or the doctor, and also does not open any postal mail from the doctor or the lab. She waits until her return visit to get her result from the doctor. It's really that easy. ...Read more

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I've grown impatient waiting for my STD/HIV test results to come in from my doctor's. Is it unhealthy to go get another test done that guarantees quick, same-appointment, results? I tested last Wed.

I've grown impatient waiting for my STD/HIV test results to come in from my doctor's. Is it unhealthy to go get another test done that guarantees quick, same-appointment, results? I tested last Wed.

Be careful!: "Unhelthy"? Maybe for your wallet; it could be expensive. Also, there are no accurate rapid tests for some STDs, and others may be less reliable than lab-based tests. You would be wise to just relax and wait for the results of the tests already in the works. ...Read more

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What is the accuracy of are my HIV test results?

I don't know: You didn't provide any information about them. Is the result negative or positive? When was it performed in relation to risky behavior? What kind of test was it? I suggest you resubmit your question with more information. ...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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What to do if I got my HIV test results today!!!!?

What to do if I got my HIV test results today!!!!?

Plan: If you are HIV positive, plan for a life of compliance with the medications that will save your life, and gratitude to the biotechnology that makes them possible. Yes, gratitude. If you are HIV negative, plan for a future of safe loving, and be grateful that you can be tested accurately and that the disease is largely under control. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Hiv test results positive. Can any organization please help me?

See below: Please contact social support organization in your area at the phone no given or check out the websites. Hiv/aids: aids program, san mateo county check website or call 650-573-2346 or 650-573-2385 for information. Http://www. Pamf. Org/catalog/supportgroups. Cfm/aa/r/s/51/k/hiv. ...Read more

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Hiv test results that say "react positive", what does that mean?

Hiv test results that say "react positive", what does that mean?

Positive: 'react' is probably short for 'reactive, ' which means positive. However, to interpret a traditional HIV test, you need to know the results of both the elisa and the western blot. I don't know which one you're referring to. ...Read more

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Would appreciate some expert advice for someone waiting on HIV test results?

Get your Results: HIV results can be back within 24 hours. I do not understand the question. Your results are ready. If your physician has not contacted you, then please contact them and ask why. No one need wait long anymore. ...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