|Will the post exposure prophylaxis delay the validity of the TEST?
May 27, 2012
Dr. Young, please offer me an answer based on the latest research. I have a risky event (brief oral sex)on March 19, 2012 with a person who told me after the fact that he is HIV+ (positive). He performed oral sex on me and I performed it reciprocally. I took antiretroviral therapy (cocktail therapy that includes tenofovir (truvada),lamivudine and kaletra)for 2 days, 3 days for tenofovir. I stopped after my family physician indicated that I can stop by concluding that the risk to me contracting HIV is ncredibly low (in her words verbatim) I was tested HIV-(negative) for both NAAT/RNA(PCR) test and RAPID HIV TEST 4 weeks and 3 days (after the exposure. Again, I was tested HIV-(negative) for both NAAT/RNA (PCR) test and rapid HIV test 7 weeks and 3 days after the exposure. Am I conclusively AND definitively HIV negative? Or do I have to wait for 3 months and 6 months to get tested for ELISA and rapid HIV test as well as NAAT?RNA (PCR)test to be almost 100% certain?
| Response from Dr. Young
Hi and thanks for posting.
First off, your exposure was very, very low risk.
Second, a PCR test 1 month after exposure is pretty darn good evidence that you don't have HIV.
Third, conclusive AND definite? Well, if that be the case, I'd be looking for the negative antibody test at 3 months. That's because the HIV RNA PCR test was never really proven(validated) as a test to diagnose HIV.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Tingling Lips Sign Of Seroconversion
- Bronchitis After French Kissing Worried I Have HIV
- Dizziness After Getting A Tattoo Worried I Have HIV
- Flu Symptoms After Insertive Oral Sex Worried I Have HIV
- Night Sweats After Precum Touching Vagina Sign Of HIV AIDS
- Sore On Penis After Getting Head Worried I Have HIV
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.