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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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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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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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

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Could i take an HIV test at my clinic?

Could i take an HIV test at my clinic?

Likely yes.: Most health clinics offer HIV testing. If you have any concerns, please get tested. ...Read more

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What if i take an HIV test and have celiac disease, will this be mistaken for hiv?

What if i take an HIV test and have celiac disease, will this be mistaken for hiv?

Yes you can: Of course moderation is advised as for anyone with both kidneys. Enjoy. ...Read more

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Why do I need to take an HIV test in the third trimester?

Why do I need to take an HIV test in the third trimester?

Required by law: Some states require pregnant women to be tested for HIV. Transmission of HIV to the baby can be prevented by treating the mother. Many people infected with HIV do not know that they are infected. ...Read more

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When is the best time to take a HIV test.

Unclear question: Now is as good a time as any. If you mean when to get the test after potential exposure, i would suggest that you see your doctor immediately after the potential exposure to seek post-exposure prophylaxis and then discuss the testing schedule with your doctor. ...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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Can there be any take home HIV test that can detect HIV a week after exposure?

Can there be any take home HIV test that can detect HIV a week after exposure?

No: Please get with your physician if you think you have been exposed like this. He / she will explain your options. ...Read more

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First HIV test came back negative how many more do I take for a definite negative?

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 more

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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