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How Soon Can I Be Tested For Hiv
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
HIV testing: If the test is negative and enough time has passed for that test to be valid. ...Read more
Follow up question.If a person gets exposed once via unprot sex, he needs to be tested for HIV every 3 mnths till death and not have unprot sex ever?
Have test if at risk: If you are potentially at risk for HIV, for sure get tested. Also, CDC and public health experts recommend an HIV test once for everyone age 13-64, even if no known risk. Immunoglobulin levels have no effect. No illnesses or medications are known to cause problems with HIV testing. (In theory chemotherapy or immune suppression could do so, but in reality there are no reports that it has happened.) ...Read more
Probably a few weeks: Per the cdc, most people w/ a new HIV infection will be positive on an antibody test by 25 days after exposure. Research shows that 99.8% of people r positive by 3 months. Standard antibody testing is highly accurate, >99%. Early detection HIV tests pick up HIV a bit sooner. 9 - 11 days 4 RNA testing, 2 - 3 weeks 4 dna testing. Sexualhealth.Com or your doctor can guide you. Repeat test @ 3 months! ...Read more
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
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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