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How Soon After Exposure Can Hiv Be Detected
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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Heal or have Sxs?: I will answer when someone could have symptoms of acute hiv. Usually symptoms occur 2 -4 weeks after exposure but they can occur within 8 days. Often someone feels like they have the flu - run down, fever, sore throat, etc. The HIV virus can be detected in the blood within about 2 weeks, but the antibody can take 3-6 months to be detected. It is important to tell your provider if you are concerned. ...Read more
EBV infection: Monospot testing can usually detect antibodies 2 to 9 weeks after a person is infected. It typically is not used to diagnose mono that started more than 6 months earlier. Testing is not important if you come down with symptoms after being exposed, because there is very little you can do in the way of specific treatment. Hope you stay well. ...Read more
Are HIV RNA and HIV PCR the same tests? How soon after potential exposure can you get a conclusive result?
HIV viral load tests: The short answer is 'yes' -since HIV-1 is an RNA virus. We quantify how much virus is there per drop of blood by using PCR technology (polymerase chain reaction if you must know). These days, the tests are extremely good -so after an exposure, this kind of testing could pick up positive results within 2 or 3 weeks. If you think you've been exposed, see an ID doc immediately-they could help w/ meds ...Read more
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
Range 15 to 50 days: The average incubation period for hepatitis A is about 4 weeks, but can be shorter or longer (range 15 to 50 days). Post exposure treatment with Hep A vaccination or gamma globulin injections can very much reduce the risk of becoming infected. As soon as possible after a known Hep A exposure, seek a physician for treatment options, unless you have had prior vaccinations for Hepatitis A. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How accurate is oraquick oral swab? Should it be used to determine HIV status after 6 months possible exposure?
Nucleic acid test: It is better to get a nucleic acid test. If the result is negative at 6 months after exposure, it would rule out HIV. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
How accurate can be the results of an HIV PCR test if it was taken 10 and 20 hours after possible exposure?
Too soon to test: At 10 hours after exposure, if would have been much better to take post-exposure prophylaxis rather than testing. You should still consult a doctor if you may benefit from post-exposure prophylaxis, the sooner the better. HIV PCR test, if negative at 12 weeks after exposure, would rule out HIV infection. ...Read more
2-3 days to 4 mo.: HIV: depends on level of risk and test. If very high risk, like known infected partner, RNA testing can begin as soon as 7-10 days. Low or average risk, best to wait 4 wk for DUO test or 6-8 wk for standalone antibody test. STDs: Gonorrhea & chlamydia, 2-3 days. Vaginal infections in women, 1-2 weeks. Syphilis 4-6 weeks. Herpes 3-4 months. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
STD : It depends on the std. Syphilis would be revealing about a month after exposure. Hiv can be detected as early as 10-14 days by measuring the HIV virus directly. Hepatitis b/c may take up to 6 months to be detected but as early as 60 days. Gonorrhea/chlamydia are not detected in the blood. Herpes is often detected incidentally given the fact primary exposure often remains unknown. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is PCR test for acute hepatitis c? If it is how long after exposure should I get blood test done for the virus to be detected?
6 weeks to 6 months: The time line is variable, you may wish to get tested for hep c antibody for screening. If the antibody test is negative at 6 months you should get pcr test, if that is negative, it would rule out infection with hep c. See this site for more info. http://www.medicinenet.com/hepatitis_c/article.htm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antibodies tested: The test is for antibodies, which need time to show up post exposure. Fluorescent treponemal antibody absorption (FTA-ABS) test. The FTA-ABS test checks for antibodies to the bacteria that cause syphilis and can be used to detect syphilis the first 3 to 4 weeks after exposure to syphilis bacteria. The test can be done on a sample of blood or spinal fluid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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