|P24 ag & Eia hiv antibody question
Apr 2, 2001
Dear Dr. Mark , First, I commend you on your dedication to this forum - your hard work is greatly appreciated. 1) What do you think the combination of P24 ag test & Eia ab test (Murex 1.2.0 kit),both -, would be 3 months after a high risk exposure in terms of ruling in/out hiv infection ? I must say I've had ARS-like symptoms(fatigue, low grade fever, joint aches(knees) and legs, nausea) for 6 weeks now. 2) I've heard that the P24 Ag test would turn positive only 6 days before the antibody test, is that true ? 3) Would you recommend a PCR test or further testing ? Please answer me, because I don't live in the US and doctors here are not very well used to these problems. With great thanks, MJ.
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
A p24 antigen test 3 months after exposure is not of much value. Even after acute infection, most people with p24 antigen will be negative by then. In some people the p24 antigen is positive 1-2 weeks before the antibody test. By 3 months a PCR test is really no better.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- How Accurate Is The Eia Antibody Test?
- Do Hiv Patients Keep A Slightly High Temperature?
- Will A Herpes Breakout Always Reoccur In The Same Area?
- Why Do I Get Bacterial Vaginosis After Sex?
- Why Am I Breaking Out With Shingles Constantly?
- When You Get The Shingles Vaccine Can You Still Get An Outbreak?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.