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Saliva Hiv Test
HIV is also known as HIV/AIDS. 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
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
No: Shoul not affect.Get a more detailed answer ›
In oraquick HIV test, is there a way to not have to put swab device in mouth to collect saliva? I'd rather collect with my finger & put it on device.
Contamination: Really? A cotton q-tipped swab is a concern? Please follow the instructions to the letter to get a valid or accurate test. ...Read more
I did unprotected oral sex few days ago i received blowjob from one of sexworker whom i did'nt know ever. .Do i need to get HIV test? M worrying
I only got a blowjob from a woman but she kinda scratched me with her teeth. There was no blood. Should i get HIV test ?
Basically zero risk: I'd urge you to do this simply because you're concerned. The risk of transmission of HIV to the recipient of oral sex is basically zero, especially with no blood being drawn; saliva contains substances that make it very hard to transmit hiv. However, you can get syphilis, gonorrhea, and a few others this way; "safe is sexy" and a condom's a good idea till you've found that one special lady. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Took oraquick HIV test & it was negative. But when i swabbed the top of my gums it did not hit my upper lip just gums. Would that matter in endresult?
Oral HIV Testing: No, that should not be a problem. The purpose of the oral HIV test is to get a sample of saliva from your oral tissues and to determine whether or not any antibodies to the virus are present. The soft tissues in your mouth all contain the same dna. Whether the swab contacted your lips or gums does not matter, though the instructions for use recommend swabbing the gums. ...Read more
Are mucoceles a sign of HIV infection. I did an oraquick HIV test about 5 months after incidident but keep getting these fluid filled bumps in mouth.
No: Mucoceles are saliva glands that are blocked or damaged. They often present as a slow swelling that is filled with fluid and can last months. Eventually they resolve and can reoccur. See an oral surgeon for treatment. Often a biopsy procedure will be required to remove the mass. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 is also known as HIV/AIDS. 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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