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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).

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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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 accurate is a six week oraquick HIV test?

How accurate is a six week oraquick HIV test?

There can be: False negatives if you test within 3 months of transmission.

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How accurate is an at home oraquick HIV test?

How accurate is an at home oraquick HIV test?

Very: Very accurate as long as one waits till the exposure is far enough in the past that there would be an antibody against HIV to test for.

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How sensitive is a six week oraquick HIV test?

Depends: The test is sensitive in detecting antibodies to HIV. However, some people may not make antibodies for up to a year after infection. If you are concerned about infection, please ask for a HIV nucleic acid test.

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How accurate is a negative home OraQuick hiv test?

Very accurate: It is very accurate in the 99% range. If you have had a recentepossible exposure though you need to check it again in 3-6 months.

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Oraquick HIV test accuracy after 3 months. Is it reliable?

Pretty good: A few percent false negatives. Especially if you have the flu-like illness that accompanies HIV serconversion in many cases, consider getting a blood test.

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Should I trust a Oraquick HIV test from drug store, 6 months after possible exposure?

Should I trust a Oraquick HIV test from drug store, 6 months after possible exposure?

Nucleic acid test: A nucleic acid test for HIV, if negative at 6 months after exposure will remove any doubt of an infection. Home test has more false positives and is not a definitive test.

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Help please? What is the accuracy of oraquick HIV test after 45 days post exposure (6 weeks)?

Depends: The test is sensitive in detecting antibodies to HIV. However, some people may not make antibodies for up to a year after infection. If you are concerned about infection, please ask for a HIV nucleic acid test.

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How accurate is a negative home OraQuick hiv test at detecting later stage hiv or aids?

How accurate is a negative home OraQuick hiv test at detecting later stage hiv or aids?

Fairly good.: If the test is performed exactly as instructed, a false negative test is very unlikely in advanced HIV/AIDS. (A false negative is a negative test in a person who, in fact, does have the condition being tested.) However, it's also unlikely that a person with late stage HIV/AIDS wouldn't already have sought medical care since they would be quite symptomatic by then.

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I took an at home oraquick HIV test and it was negative. Does that mean I do not have HIV or aids?

Perhaps: Home kits for screening tests for HIV are pretty good but not the most specific or sensitive. If you are very concerned about HIV a better test would be a blood test done by your physician and based on the results of that further confirmatory testing can be done.

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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.

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I took a oraquick hiv test at 15 weeks it was negative. Is it safe to say everything is OK and I don't need to test again?

I took a oraquick hiv test at 15 weeks it was negative. Is it safe to say everything is OK and I don't need to test again?

Nucleic acid test: Please seek a nucleic acid test for HIV, if that is negative at 12 weeks after exposure you can be sure of being free of HIV. Antibody tests, occasionally take 6-12 months to turn positive. See this site for safer sex guidelines: http://www.aids.org/topics/aids-factsheets/aids-background-information/what-is-aids/safer-sex-guidelines/

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I have taken 5 of the oraquick HIV test and they all have been negative even the one at 10 weeks. I used protection and my partner said they were +?

I have taken 5 of the oraquick HIV test and they all have been negative even the one at 10 weeks. I used protection and my partner said they were +?

HIV testing: Most people develop HIV antibodies within 2-8 weeks of their infection. The average is 25 days. 97% of people will develop detectable antibodies in the first 3 months. Rarely, it can take up to 6 months to develop antibody. If there's concern about acute hiv, a test that measures HIV RNA viral load can be done. The time between HIV infection and RNA detection is about 10 days. Talk with md.

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Can any doc tell me what's the accuracy of oraquick HIV test after 45 days post exposure (6 weeks)?

Can any doc tell me what's the accuracy of oraquick HIV test after 45 days post exposure (6 weeks)?

See below: If positive it would need to be confirmed. If negative, it does not rule out HIV as it can take as long as one year for the test to become positive after exposure.

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3.5 month negative oraquick hiv test. My GP says he has never seen a negative at 3 months turn positive at 6 months is this true?

3.5 month negative oraquick hiv test. My GP says he has never seen a negative at 3 months turn positive at 6 months is this true?

No more testing: Your doctor is exactly right. Your negative test is conclusive. You don't need any more testing.

Dr. Dominic Riganotti
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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