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When Should I Take An Hiv Test
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
Yes you can: Of course moderation is advised as for anyone with both kidneys. Enjoy. ...Read more
My boyfriend of over 1yr refuses to take an HIV test although I have taken one and got a negative result.?
No: Please get with your physician if you think you have been exposed like this. He / she will explain your options. ...Read more
Depends on timing: It depends on the particular test (or combination of tests) done and how long since last possible exopsure. The DUO test (HIV antibody plus p24 antigen) is conclusive any time 4 weeks or more after exposure. Most antibody-only tests ("third generation" tests) 6-8 weeks, even though official advice says to wait 3 months. Older antibody tests and the rapid oral fluids test still require 3 months. ...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 (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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