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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. Austina Cho
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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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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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At what age can you get a HIV test?

At what age can you get a HIV test?

No age limit: Cdc recommends that all adults be offered the test. In case of children it would depend on the presence of risk factors. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/testing/index.htm. ...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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Can you get a oral quick hiv test done at a clinc?

Maybe, maybe not: In general, the particular tests offered are up to each individual clinic. The oral fluids test is a bit less reliable than the blood tests, including the rapid blood test. In any case, you should contact the clinic itself and ask which HIV tests they routinely offer. ...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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What HIV test should I get. If it was like 17 days ago?

ELISA and repeat: If your worried about an single exposure and don't have any symptoms you should just get a standard elisa and repeat it in 3 and 6 months. If you have symptoms that a doctor believes can be acute HIV syndrome, then other tests like p24 and cd4 count can be used. ...Read more

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Should I get an HIV test one week after a possible exposure?

Too soon to test: You could have taken prophylactic treatment within a day or so of the exposure. However, testing one week after exposure will not be meaningful. if the result is negative it would not rule out HIV infection. The fastest and most specific way to diagnose would be to get a HIV nucleic acid test after 3 months, if the antibody test is negative at that time. ...Read more

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What HIV Test do you recommend to get? And how much would it cost?

I would recommend: just going to an STD clinic for assessment rather than purchasing on-line kit to do at home. ...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