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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. Lawrence Kessler
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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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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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I want to get a HIV test kit immediately.Anyone please help me.I am in uae , ajman.From werw i get a HIV test kit? Sites, pharmacies..Anything please

HIV testing: First. If you have had a high risk exposure HIV infection can be prevented if one acts within 72 hours. Second an HIV test will not pick up an infection for about three to six months after infection. Home HIV kits are usually available over the counter at drug and grocery stores where other medical testing and supplies are sold. ...Read more

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I am concerned that the flap of skin about the size of a quarter on my upper back of thigh is some form of std. I get a HIV test yearly. ?

I am concerned that the flap of skin about the size of a quarter on my upper back of thigh is some form of std.  I get a HIV test yearly.  ?

I doubt STD or HIV: I'm having trouble understanding or visualizing this "flap of skin". But no STDs, including HIV, cause anything like this. But see a doctor if you remain concerned about it. ...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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What do you suggest if i had unprotected sex in december should I wait until march to get a HIV test?

No.: Go as soon as possible to the clinic. HIV is not the only STD and the sooner you get treatment for any condition you may have acquired, the better the results will be. ...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