|PCR and ELISA
Oct 23, 2011
I had intercourse sex with sex worker in protected sex and unprotected oral sex. Last day I came to know her suffering from HIV Positive. Hence after 14 weeks I went for TRIDOT test, it came as negative, and after 17 weeks I took ELISA test and it was also negative. And also After 20 week I went for TRIDOT and it came as negative. Today I took PCR DNA test and result came as Not detected. Please suggest what will be the next step? Am I safe from HIV?
| Response from Dr. Young
Hi and thanks for posting.
We will answer these questions on this forum from time to time with Dr. Bob's passing. [Please note that not all "do I have HIV?" questions will be answered]
First, your risks (protected vaginal/anal and unprotected oral) leave very little risk. Second, people living with HIV aren't always "suffering".
You have been tested multiple times with highly sensitive tests. A negative test at 12 weeks is pretty darn accurate. Multiple negative tests thereafter, including a DNA PCR? You're negative. If you really don't trust the multiple results, why get tested in the first place? If you really wanted to be sure, a negative screening test at 6 months (26 weeks) after your last risky exposure is the end-all, be-all statement.
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